Jennifer Arcuri (Turning Breaches and Bad News Into Opportunities)

Jennifer Arcuri, a Top 100 Women in Cybersecurity, will be speaking from personal experience on how to handle what looks like bad news – you might be suffering a major breach – the mainstream media is breathing down your neck.  How to prepare for the worst and turn potentially bad news into a positive opportunity.

In 2012, Jennifer founded one of London’s leading tech conferences, The Innotech Summit, a high profile event series which brought together key policy makers, corporations, and startups to bridge the gap between legislation and innovative technology. In 2014-2015, the Innotech Network specialized in a series of events around information security and the need for cyber skill.

It brought together law enforcement and influential leaders from the Prime Ministers office, Department of Culture and Media, Metropolitan Police for the City of London, Ministry of Defence, and the National Crimes Agency. These events, as well as the community movement of hackers in a house, lead to one of the strongest ethical hacking campaigns in the UK for the endorsement of educating and teaching ethical hacking skills. Her work became most popular during her Tedx Talk in Liverpool “Why ethical hacking is important in a 21st century” which helped encourage policy in the UK around education and cyber skills advocacy in the classroom. Jennifer was also an integral part of various skills campaigns across the UK including speaking in classrooms across London surrounding the issues of cyber bullying, what to do in case of a security breach, and children’s safety online.

Through her efforts in legislation, events, and security, Jennifer started Hacker House as a community of hackers in east London in 2014.

The fast evolution and constant threat of cyber attacks, our ever-growing reliance upon digital processes, and the exponential increase in online data makes cyber security one of the greatest challenges of our time. Despite this, few are equipped with the necessary skills to tackle it. Hacker House was created to close the skills gap quickly, efficiently and effectively. Taught by world-renowned ethical hackers, our students are plunged head-first into real world cyber-attack simulations and are assessed across a variety of practical assignments designed to cover every angle. In short, we teach students how to think, act and move like a hacker – and then outmaneuver them. Sadly, this kind of approach did not exist on the market before Hacker House; cyber security qualifications were mostly delivered by large, expensive training firms, relied heavily on theory, and were often out-of-date even before publication. What was critically required was cyber security training that moved as fast as the attackers. Thus, Hacker House was born. Our method not only equips people with the right skills and mindsets, but can train many people at scale. Hacker House initially began with training nights in East London but quickly developed into series of workshops. Soon, this evolved into a four-day, classroom based course called ‘Hands on Hacking’.

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