FC, aka Freaky Clown

Leading ethical hacker

Speaker Themes

  • Cyber security
  • Technology and risk
  • Hacking
  • Data and privacy

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FC is a well-known ethical hacker and social engineer. He has been working in the infosec field for over 20 years and excels at circumventing access controls.

He has held positions in his career such as Senior Penetration Tester as well as Head of Social Engineering and Physical Assessments for renowned penetration companies.

As Head of Cyber Research for Raytheon Missile Systems, and having worked closely alongside intelligence agencies, he has cemented both his skillset and knowledge as well as helped steer governments take correct courses of action against national threats.

As an ethical hacker and social engineer, FC ‘breaks into’ hundreds of banks, offices and government facilities in the UK and Europe. His work exposes weaknesses in physical, personnel and digital controls, thereby helping organisations improve their security. He is motivated by a drive to make individuals, organisations and countries more secure and better able to defend themselves from malicious attack.

Now Co-Founder and Head of Ethical Hacking at Redacted Firm, he continues to perform valuable research into vulnerabilities. His client list involves major high-street banks in the UK and Europe, FTSE100 companies and multiple government agencies and security forces.


FC is passionate about educating organisations and the wider public to be secure in the 21st century digital age.

He’s a regular speaker at corporate events, security conferences, universities and schools, where he teaches people of all ages the art of security in an engaging and impactful way.

He co-founded the Surrey and Hampshire Hackspace as well as Defcon 441452. He has co-hosted many podcasts, been featured in the press and regularly writes articles for journals and blogs.

FC and his business partner Dr Jessica Barker can also do brilliant joint talks:

They discuss and demonstrate the who, how and why of hacking. Live demonstrations of hacks are interjected with discussions about how these hacks work, the human factors behind each attack and what we can do to mitigate against them. The talk demystifies cyber insecurity and tackles both the human and technical elements at play. Attendees leave with a greater awareness of how quick, simple and effective attacks can be, and what they can do, from a technical and human perspective, to better defend their organisation.

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