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PUBLISHED: 13:50 27 February 2018 | UPDATED: 13:50 27 February 2018

Dr Jessica Barker, cyber expert

Dr Jessica Barker, cyber expert


Live hacking will take centre stage at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival as cyber security experts Jessica Barker and FC take their seats as Guest Curators

Exploring the theme Connected:Divided, the 2018 Cheltenham Science Festival, which takes place from June 5 to 10 June 2018, includes a Cyber Zone for the first time.

Speakers will cover subjects from personal relationships, health and language to the law, global politics and the universe.

Dr Jessica Barker is a leader in the human nature of cyber security and advises organisations of all sizes, from multi-national firms to SMEs.

She is frequently called on by the broadcast media for her clear and engaging communication of technical subjects and is passionate about encouraging young people to become more engaged with cyber security.

She is a winner of the TechWomen50 Awards 2017.

FC is a well-known ethical hacker and social engineer.

Having worked closely alongside intelligence agencies, he has helped steer governments to take correct courses of action against national threats and ‘broken into’ hundreds of banks, offices and government facilities to assist organisations to improve their security.

FC and Jessica Barker are Co-Founders of Redacted Firm - one of Europe’s only privately owned and vendor agnostic security consultancy firms.

They said: “At the festival, we are hoping to de-mystify cyber security with some live hacking demonstrations making this exciting subject accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

“We are also helping to put together the Cyber Zone and keen to inspire children and young people to consider a career in cyber security – it’s a fast-paced and rewarding industry with lots of varied opportunities.”

Visitors can expect more than 80 free activities in the interactive zones, which attract more than 23,000 people.

Over 6,500 pupils and teachers will take part in the schools programme and tens of thousands of people across the globe will watch the live-streamed final of the world’s leading science communication competition FameLab International.

Find out more about the Cheltenham Science festival here.

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