Cyber Security – 2016 The Year Of The Hack

With talks from international experts Dr. Jessica Barker & Gary Hibberd.

How 2016 became the year of the hack and the ever-evolving nature of Cyber Security Myths and Monsters. Hear how sophisticated both physical and online Cyber attacks have become.

Want to learn more about Cyber Security? What actually is the Dark Web? What is a Cyber Attack and how can you and your business be better prepared?
We’ve got some brilliant (and entertaining) speakers at Leeds International Festival to illuminate you on all things Cyber

From Yahoo and Tesco to the alleged role of Russia with the US elections, the hallmark of major cyber-attacks last year has been just how mainstream they have become. Hear from internationally renowned experts Dr Jessica Barker from and Gary Hibberd from Agenci on how 2016 became the year of the hack, and the ever-evolving nature of Cyber Security Myths and Monsters and how to change behaviours for the better.

We’ll have live hack examples of how sophisticated both physical and online Cyber attacks have become, discuss how cyber criminals operate and take a dive into the deep web looking at the darker side of the internet.


Dr Jessica Barker is a cyber security consultant, advising on the steps institutions and individuals can take to keep their information safe in the Internet age. Jessica works with a wide range of organisations in the public and private sectors helping them to use information more prudently.

Jessica concentrates on the human side of cyber security. She is engaged by corporations and governments across the defence, health, financial and retail sectors to advise on how they can keep their information safe while getting the most out of it. Her particular specialisms include governance, strategy and policy, risk and resilience, and learning and development.

Jessica is passionate about encouraging young people to become more engaged with cyber security. She is keen to make cyber security a more engaging and accessible subject to all, and as such makes regular media appearances, most recently on Sky News, The One Show, BBC1, Cybercrimes with Ben Hammersley and BBC Radio’s Today programme.

Jessica has an undergraduate degree in Social and Political Studies from the University of Sheffield and a Masters and PhD from the University of Liverpool’s Department of Civic Design.

Gary Hibbard was appointed as Managing Director of Agenci Information Security in 2012 but began his career as an IT programmer back in 1985 and has had a passion for all things cyber related since then. His broad range of experience in almost every discipline in IT means he knows ‘What good looks like’ when it comes to protecting your business and reputation.

He is a published author, experienced and qualified in Information Security & Business Continuity who is a passionate speaker on cyber security and related disciplines. He is regularly asked to present at conferences and schools to help raise awareness and understanding of real world, business related issues affected by our digital world.

Gary has helped businesses as diverse as the RSPCA to to improve their security and recovery capabilities across the world and held the role of European Crisis Management Leader for GE Money. He has experience working for local government, legal services, banking and retail sectors. Gary believes that his breadth of experience has one common denominator – “Data is key to the business and it’s at increasing risk, internally and externally.”

This event is kindly supported by AQL and Agenci