The Importance of
Being Ernest & Optimistic
Working in cyber security is inherently about managing challenges and responding to problems. There is no such thing as 100% security, we will never attain perfection and often the advice we have been giving for years is ignored or impossible to enact. Our jobs are centred on identifying problems, errors, attacks or failures and we are constantly confronted with people causing harm, either acting maliciously or by accident. Within this context, it’s no surprise that cynicism reigns. However, in this talk, Dr. Jessica Barker will argue why pessimism is holding us back and the importance of being sincere, resolute and — above all — optimistic, for all our sakes.