Jessica Figueras

Trustee, UK Cyber Security Council a government-backed Cyber Security standard council

Jessica is a tech strategist specialising in government, policy and regulation, and civil society.

She currently advises start-up and scale-up founders on growth strategy, with areas of focus including digital trust, government and corporate transparency, and undertakes tech futures research for the UK government.

Previously Jessica ran multi-million pound data and research programmes at companies including Dods, GlobalData and Ovum. Over her 25 years in the tech and information industries Jessica has advised senior executives in large established tech businesses as well as many VC-backed startups and scaleups. She is a sought-after commentator and speaker, and as an industry analyst has published extensive research and analysis on the application of emerging technologies across government, telecoms and other industries.

Jessica has an MA from the University of Cambridge and a Diploma in Computing from the Open University. She is Chair of the Board at NCT, the UK’s largest charity for parents.

My Sessions

Building Inclusive Security Teams (Sponsored by Egress)

Diversity can sometimes be referred to as the 'what' while inclusion focuses on the 'how'. In this session we look at how you can measure and benchmark your culture to enable diversity to thrive.

We explore how you can:
  • Build an inclusive workforce strategy
  • Concentrate efforts on the talent pipeline - recruitment and retention
  • Implement best practice to enable diversity through mentoring and other initiatives
  • Factor inclusion into technical and non-technical roles, junior and senior roles
  • Create and benefit from a more distributed workforce
  • Capitalise on non-traditional routes into the cyber security profession
  • Lisa Ventura, Founder and CEO of the UK Cyber Security Association
  • Ian Brown, Group Cyber Security Director, Spectris
  • Sandy Silk, Director, Information Security Education & Consulting, Harvard University
  • Esther Schagen-van Luit, Chief Information Security Officer, Deloitte and known as The Leading Lady in Cyber
  • Jessica Figueras, Trustee, UK Cyber Security Council a government-backed Cyber Security standard council