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One Of The Most Influential Women in Cybersecurity Has Joined Beauceron’s Advisory Board

Jessica Barker (Image: Submitted)

FREDERICTON– A New Brunswick cybersecurity company announced Monday that it has global industry leader joining its advisory board.

Jessica Barker, Co-CEO and head of socio-technical at Cygenta, is joining the board of Beauceron Security.

Barker, who has been named as one of the top 20 most influential women in cybersecurity in the UK and one of the UK’s Tech Women 50 in 2017, specializes in the human nature of cybersecurity. With a background in sociology and civic design, she engages international organizations and audiences in conversations about cybersecurity threats, social engineering, the psychology of fear and cybersecurity and the language of cybersecurity.

“People are at the heart of cybersecurity and this has been more apparent than ever in the last few years. As an industry, we have focused too much, for too long, on technology, which has left people more vulnerable to becoming the target of cybercrime,” said Barker in a release. “Social engineering attacks are the biggest threat to most organizations and the key to mitigating these is to address cybersecurity awareness, behaviour and culture in a meaningful way.”

With a shared interest in the people, process and culture that supports behaviour change, Beauceron CEO David Shipley says Barker will provide a wealth of knowledge to Beauceron’s advisory board. Beauceron will also be partnering with Cygenta, combining their in-depth content and knowledge to better serve clients around the world.

“I’m thrilled to have had the chance to get to know Dr. Barker over the past year and now to have the opportunity to work with her as well as Cygenta’s Co-CEO and Head of Ethical Hacking F.C.,” said Shipley. “I’m excited about combining Cygenta’s expertise with the technology we’ve built to help even more people globally tackle the human side of cybersecurity.”

Baker will be joining the other industry leaders and experts on Beauceron’s advisory board, including Jerry Carr, chief technology officer of Introhive; David Alston, Entrepreneur in Residence for the New Brunswick Government, former CMO for Radian6; and Kurt Lee, Cybersecurity industry veteran who has held a variety of executive positions at ArcSight, Q1Labs, NetWitness, and RSA over the past 20 years.