Closing Keynote – The Importance of being Ernest and Optimistic

Mar 30th, 2018

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Closing Keynote – The Importance of being Ernest and Optimistic

We are pleased to welcome Dr Jessica Barker who will be giving our closing keynote.

She is a leader in the human nature of cyber security. Equipped with years of experience running her own consultancy, she recently co-founded Redacted Firm. Her consultancy experience, technical knowledge and sociology background give her unique insight, and she has a talent for translating technical messages to a non-technical audience.  Jessica delivers thought-provoking and engaging presentations across the world. She also 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 cyber security blog posts, and runs the website


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.


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