Dr Jessica Barker Bio

Dr Jessica Barker is an award-winning global leader in the human nature of cyber security. Alongside her work at Cygenta, she is a best-selling author, speaker, and media commentator.


Equipped with years of experience running her own consultancy, she co-founded Cygenta, where she follows her passion of positively influencing cybersecurity awareness, behaviours and culture in organisations around the world. 


Her consultancy experience, technical knowledge and background in sociology and civic design give her unique insight. She is known for her clear communication style and for making cyber security 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 CEOs to ethical hackers and creative workers, she brings energy, enthusiasm and fun to cyber security. 

Her speaking engagements are rooted in the work she does around the psychology and sociology of cyber security, particularly regarding cyber security threats, social engineering, how to effectively communicate cyber security messages, the psychology of fear and cyber security, and the language of cyber security. Her specialisms span cyber security 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, Grazia and the Guardian, and frequently in industry press. She is the former Chair of ClubCISO

In 2020, Jessica keynoted at RSA and authored the bestselling book Confident Cyber Security (Kogan Page).In 2021, she co-authored Cybersecurity ABCs (BCS).