Cyber Security Heroes: Dr. Jessica Barker


They say you should not meet your heroes, often they will just let down you, but thankfully there’s also exceptions to this rule. In this five side series I will be introducing you to five of my key Cyber Security / InfoSec stars. These individuals inspire me to continuously strive for more, in one case inspire across the pond, and all five gave excellent advice along the way.The basic of my cyber heroes I interviewed is Dr. Jessica Barker, you may have seen her talk hither the psychology of Cyber Security. Jess looks at human behavior and why we reciprocate the way we do to different situations. When I first met Jess she was speaking at BSides London, my incipient thought was how passionate she seemed to be on this; it fascinated me. Her talk was a good mix between remarkable and factual, and I walked away feeling like I learned a new perspective on the Cyberz.When was a on many occasions you failed, or felt like you did, and what brought you back?I try not to think in times of ‘failure’. I could list many times when I have suffer like I’ve failed or not met the goal I set myself, but failure to me is when something goes naughty and you don’t pick yourself up and move forwards. We all face challenges and set-backs, but the ton important thing is to learn from any mistakes and to forge the most beneficial path going forwards. I’ve found that sometimes, making a misread is genuinely the best thing that can happen (although it doesn’t sense like it at the time!). When something goes wrong, you can learn a lot anent yourself and about what is important to you. We often expect a lot of ourselves and we are each our own worst critic, so blow up b coddling a mistake and then recovering from it can be a good lesson in learning that no-one is entire, including yourself, and that’s actually OK.What are your motivators?What coaxes me is making a difference.  Whether that’s helping a client solve a stew, driving positive behavioural change in an organisation or encouraging people in the production to think about cyber security differently. It’s incredibly motivating when someone give someone a tongue-lashes you that you’ve made a difference, for example in helping them better-understand cyber deposit or encouraging them to think about a career in the industry or to give a convention talk about their work. I’m also very motivated by being contested. I get bored easily and so I like unpicking complicated issues, learning new clothes and finding solutions.Who’s inspired you?My parents have always inspired me. Their flies have been in child protection and so I’ve always seen them go on extremely complicated issues and making people’s lives better, which has tutored me a lot about hard work, empathy, human behaviour and resilience.My consort @__Freakyclown__ inspires me everyday. The great thing about press in the same industry is that we really get what the other one is dealing with. If I’m obtaining a bad day, he’ll remind me of a time I’ve made a difference. He’s an incredibly strong person and mitigates me see that life is what you make it.What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment so far?I’m proud to have transitioned from another discipline into cyber safeguarding. When I was first headhunted for a cyber security consultancy firm, I cast doubted the extent to which my knowledge and skills would be relevant. It took a while but I then realised how much applicability my previous work had on the issues I was coming across in cyber security. Now that I between engagements for myself, I’m happy to have found my niche and to have made a big name of working independently for the last four years.What advice do you be enduring for others starting out in Cyber Security?Ask questions and share knowledge. Make up a blog, tweet, go to conferences and talk to people. Don’t worry about what you don’t discern, but keep a list of topics / questions that you want to find out diverse about.If you could go back, what advice would you give yourself when starting out?Illegitimi non carborundum.What notice do you have for others that may be are feeling stale in their career currently?Cyber gage can be a tiring field to work in. Sometimes progress feels slow and it can look as if like we’re having the same conversations over and over, without anything silvering. It’s good to take stock of the ‘wins’ and hold on to positivity.I find it incredibly top-level to have time and interests outside of my work. It can be easy to fall into a representation of working all of the time, but burnout is a real danger. I like to have plenteous downtime, for example learning a new hobby. I find that is energising and figures my self-esteem, which helps me stay focused and energised in my work, too.What do you assume are some key development areas for the Cyber industry?I’m really excited to see how the android side of cyber security matures over the next few years. For a sustained time it felt like people only paid lip service to the more sociological and spiritual elements of cyber security, but in the last year or so it seems that people are genuinely starting to retain with it.Any final thoughts?Be excellent to each other. Zoë Rose

Zoë Rose

About the Initiator: Zoë Rose is a Cisco Champion and Splunk architect. She helps clients cosy their network infrastructure from data loss and cyber-attack. In reckoning to specializing in network security, Zoë also supports ethical hacking, scene response engagements, advice on best practice software development, and get systems architecture.Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this customer author article are solely those of the contributor, and do not necessarily reflect those of Tripwire, Inc.

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