Why Confident Cyber Security?
"An essential book for anyone who wants a career in cybersecurity"
Jane Frankland, Entrepreneur & Author
The world is more digitally connected than ever before, and with this connectivity, comes vulnerability. It is therefore vital that all professionals understand cyber risk and how to minimise it. This means that cyber security skills are in huge demand, and there are vast career opportunities to be taken.
Confident Cyber Security is here to help. Written by expert author and speaker, Dr Jessica Barker, this jargon-busting guide will give you a clear overview of the world of cyber security. Exploring everything from the human side to the technical and physical implications, this book takes you through the fundamentals: how to keep secrets safe, how to stop people being manipulated and how to protect people, businesses and countries from those who wish to do harm. With a dedicated section on what it could mean for you, let Confident Cyber Security give you that cutting-edge career boost you seek.
"What a great read and resource this book is… not only for those that are exploring the topic for the first time... but also for all leaders wrestling with still being “beginners” in the world of Cyber"
Chief Information Security Officer HastingsDirect
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Dr Jessica Barker
A cyber security expert who wants everyone to be confident with cyber security, at home and at work.
"Confident Cyber Security is a perfect representation of Jessica herself – technical, but easy to understand, data-driven and science-backed yet captivating"
Eleanor Dallaway, Editorial Director, Infosecurity Magazine
About the Author
Did you know...
Dr Jessica Barker is an award-winning global leader in the human side of cyber security.
She is Co-Founder and co-CEO of Cygenta, where she positively influences cyber security awareness, behaviour and culture in organisations around the world.
She has delivered face-to-face cyber security awareness sessions to over 35,000 people in 23 countries.
Cygenta is an award-winning partner of the UK NCSC CyberFirst Schools programme and delivered pro bono cyber security outreach sessions to over 6,000 school pupils in 2019.
Jessica is the Chair of ClubCISO, a non-commercial private forum with a membership of over 400 senior information security leaders.
Jessica has shared her cyber security expertise with the media over 100 times, including over 40 times with national and international TV and radio.
"Jessica’s specialty, and gift, is taking the seemingly complex world of cybersecurity and making it simple for anyone to understand"
Director SANS Security Awareness
What people are saying about Confident Cyber Security
“Cyber security has become such a broad subject it is always welcome when someone pulls it together and explains some of the jargon, highlights the importance of the human in the loop and encourages those from a variety of backgrounds to enter the sphere as a career. I can’t think of any other book that pulls together these aspects of cyber security in such an understandable way.”
Professor Alan Woodward
University of Surrey
"Jessica Barker brings cyber security to life in a highly engaging way. She punctures the traditional techno-babble and covers a wide range of topics in a way that will instill confidence, especially for anyone thinking of a career in cyber security."
Robert Hannigan CMG
Former Director of GCHQ and Chair of COBRA
"What a great read and resource this book is… not only for those that are exploring the topic for the first time and looking towards a career within its vast arena, but also for all leaders wrestling with still being “beginners” in the world of Cyber … yes even us CISOs."
Chief Information Security Officer
"As a speaker, Dr Jessica Barker is engaging, relatable and fascinating. As an author, she has all of those qualities and more. Confident Cyber Security is a perfect representation of Jessica herself – technical, but easy to understand, data-driven and science-backed yet captivating, and much like her presentations, the book leaves you wanting even more. I think this book might be just what our industry has been waiting for, at a time when it needs it the most."
"This book is not just fantastic - it’s one everybody in, or writing about, cyber security needs to read.
Cyber security books often veer off into obscure technical terms. But this book shows how - from attacks to solutions - it is, and always was, about humans."
Journalist, author, editor, broadcaster & scriptwriter
"Confident Cyber Security is an absolute triumph. Whether you are simply curious to understand more about a fast-moving industry which touches all our lives, or seriously considering a career in cyber security, this lively book rammed with engaging stories is an enthralling guide. Written by a woman who is respected by and enjoys her industry, I defy anyone to read this book and not want to share its sound advice. I loved it."
Maggie Philbin OBE
Broadcaster & CEO TeenTech
"Jessica’s specialty and gift is taking the seemingly complex world of cybersecurity and making it simple for anyone to understand. If you are interested in pursuing a career in cybersecurity regardless of your background, or just want to learn more about this topic, I could not recommend this book more."
Director SANS Security Awareness
"Dr. Jessica Barker’s book Confident Cyber Security will give you a truly holistic view of the cybersecurity industry. If you’re a newcomer or in research mode, this is the book for you! I was fortunate enough to have Dr. Barker as a mentor and trust me when I say that a lot of the sound advice and life-changing perspective she gave me is also in this book! I encourage you to pick up a copy as this will serve as your much-needed cybersecurity guide filled with golden nuggets you can use long after you put this book down."
CEO and Founder
"If you're new to the fascinating world of cybersecurity and want to take your first steps into developing a career in the area, Jessica Barker's easy-to-understand guide is the one for you. It explains the different threats and challenges that companies face securing their businesses, as well as the myriad of opportunities for those interested in helping fight online criminals."
"Smashing Security" podcast
"This is an essential book for anyone who wants a career in cybersecurity. As a formidable communicator, Jess has done an outstanding job of laying the foundations of cybersecurity and explaining all the different elements that come into play. At a time when cyber is transforming and the race for top talent is on, this book couldn’t be timelier. From beginning to end you’ll be hooked."