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The Importance of Being Ernest & Optimistic — by Dr. Jessica Barker

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

#IICSG2018 Conference Keynote

Day 1 (24 May 2018)


@ Stamford Ballroom


Working in cyber security is inherently about managing challenges and responding to problems. There is no such thing as 100% security, we will never attain perfection and often the advice we have been giving for years is ignored or impossible to enact. Our jobs are centred on identifying problems, errors, attacks or failures and we are constantly confronted with people causing harm, either acting maliciously or by accident. Within this context, it’s no surprise that cynicism reigns. However, in this talk, Dr. Jessica Barker will argue why pessimism is holding us back and the importance of being sincere, resolute and — above all — optimistic, for all our sakes.

About Dr. Jessica Barker

Co-Founder, Redacted Firm

Dr. Jessica Barker is a leader in the human nature of cybersecurity, has been named one of the top 20 most influential women in cybersecurity in the UK and awarded as one of the UK’s Tech Women 50 in 2017.

Equipped with years of experience running her own consultancy, she recently cofounded Redacted Firm, working with a variety of organisations from small creative agencies through to multi-national banks. Her consultancy experience, technical knowledge and sociology background give her unique insight. She is known for her clear communication style and for making cybersecurity accessible to all.

Jessica delivers thought-provoking and engaging presentations across the world, at corporate events as well as practitioner and academic conferences. Known for her ability to engage everyone from senior executives to ethical hackers and creative workers, she brings energy, enthusiasm and fun to cybersecurity. Her speaking engagements are rooted in the work she does around the psychology and sociology of cybersecurity, particularly regarding cybersecurity threats, social engineering, how to effectively communicate cybersecurity messages, the psychology of fear and cybersecurity, and the language of cyber security. Her specialisms span cybersecurity awareness, behaviour and culture.

Jessica’s many appearances discussing cyber security on national and international TV and Radio have cemented her place as the media’s go-to expert on subjects that require graceful, clear and engaging communication of technical subjects. She frequently appears on the BBC, Sky News, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News, Radio 4’s Today programme, Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine show and more. She has been published in the Sunday Times and the Guardian, and frequently in industry press. She is regularly commissioned to write cybersecurity blog posts, and runs the website Jessica and her partner FC have been announced as Guest Curators of the 2018 Cheltenham Science Festival.

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