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The Human Nature of Cybersecurity — by Dr. Jessica Barker

#IICSG2018 Conference Insights Track

Day 2 (25 May 2018)


@ Stamford Ballroom (Sophia)


Human bias influences a great deal of behaviour when it comes to technology and cyber security. In this talk, Dr Jessica Barker draws on sociology, psychology and behavioural economics to explore the human nature of cyber security. Covering fear, social engineering, language and more, this is a call-to-arms for the industry to consider more carefully how people hear what we have to say. Unpicking cognitive biases, Jessica will address what we can do to shape experiences, awareness-raising and communications to be more influential in positively changing human behaviour and culture.

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 co-founded 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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