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About Us


The CyberFish Team


We are an eclectic team of social scientists, engineers, developers and cyber security experts applying our hard-won knowledge to see good people, who want to build society and jobs having an easier time, and criminals having a harder one.


Our Team

Unique in the crisis management exercising market, our team brings a powerful combination of skills, including organisational psychology, technology risk management, decision-making and cyber security.


Many advisors are good at either the technical side of incident response, or the behavioural side of leadership and decision-making. 

Through the Resilience Dojo Exercising and Learning Platform, we do both, together, with expert knowledge from both sides. Our exercises have helped hundreds of cyber security leaders working in mission-critical teams across the globe, to improve the effectiveness of their crisis management teams, leading to improved decision-making and stakeholder communications.

Berta founded CyberFish in 2018 with the mission of helping cyber incident teams increase their effectiveness during crises by applying her expertise in organisational psychology and experience in managing global cyber threat intel teams. 

She is based in the UK and Malta to manage client engagements, strategic partnerships, and complete accelerator programmes. Thinking up new products and implementing new learning experiences to address clients' pain points is how Berta's expertise adds value to the Resilience Dojo Learning Programmes.

Berta holds two Masters degrees, one in Social Sciences from the University of Linköping and another in Neuroscience and Psychology from King’s College’s IOPPN. Her research interests include the dynamic between psychological flexibility, team cohesion and resilience.



Berta Pappenheim
Founder and CEO

Berta Pappenheim
Founder and CEO


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John Davies

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John Davies


John joined the team in 2020 as Technical Director, and manages the engineering team. He has spent many years developing technical capability, and managing engineering teams, within secure government, a small technology business, and the cyber division of a large defence prime. 

He values quality and reliability in products, allowing users and support staff to feel confident in their capabilities. His most valuable achievements have been building up teams and watching them achieve solutions to really hard problems, in a way that doesn't sacrifice quality.


As well as leading the CyberFish engineering team, John advises Judicial Commissioners in the UK on the possibilities and risks of police and security agency teams using the latest technology for investigations. 

Gayle joined the CyberFish engineering team in 2021, she is based in Malta. 

Her work focuses mainly on front end development and AWS infrastructure. She graduated from the University of Malta in 2021 with a Bachelor's Degree in Software Development, with Honours. 

Her research interests include UI/UX design, cyber security and cloud computing.


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Gayle Cassar
Software Developer

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Gayle Cassar
Software Developer


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Joseph Baldacchino
Software Developer

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Joseph Baldacchino
Software Developer

Joseph joined the CyberFish engineering team in 2021, and is also based in the Malta office. 

He is working mainly with software design and back end development of the CyberFish portals. Joseph graduated from the University of Malta in 2021 with a Bachelor's Degree in Software Development, with Honours. 

His research interests include usability testing and machine learning. 

Our Values

Our company values drive everything we do, from recruiting our team members, to managing our people, developing our solutions, taking on new Clients, working together in partnership with them, and supporting our local communities.


The most important of these values are:

We are committed to honesty, fairness, and respect, amongst ourselves, with customers and prospects, partners, and even competitors. We are honest about what we can deliver to customers. By offering a scalable learning platform, we make our offering available also for small businesses, schools and local government customers in developing countries.

We embrace diversity in who we are, and how we think. We take great care not to discriminate on the basis of (or make unsupported assumptions about) gender, ethnicity, religion, or any other protected minority group attribute.

We love learning new things and we keep an open mind for different views: doing so helps us innovate. At the same time we make sure our solutions are based on pragmatic solutions and scientific evidence.

Advisory Board

Our Advisory Board members are trusted industry experts in areas we rely on to keep our business successful, and learning programmes current and evidence-based. Chaired by Andy Williams, the Advisory Board helps CyberFish management shape the company strategy, and engage with key stakeholders to champion the Resilience Dojo Learning Programme and platform with their network. 

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Andy Williams

Director and Deputy Chairman at TINYg - Global Terrorism Information Network

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Gareth Genner

Cofounder, CEO at Trust Stamp

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Daniel Skeggs

Director, UK&EU at Polonius Systems

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Dr. Amy Ertan

Cybersecurity Fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

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Marc Timmerman

Managing Partner at Axiom Consulting Partners Europe

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Dr. John Moran

Clinical Psychologist


Alonso Silva

Global Head of Cyber Operations at Aviva


Mike Hawthorne

CEO at Cobweb Cyber

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Mark Higgins

UK and International Business Development Advisor

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Richard Beck

Director of Cyber, QA

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Mark Azzopardi

Managing Director, Working Town


James Blake

Next Generation Risk Management LLD

Our Clients

We are proud to work with, and to be trusted by some of the most important crisis response teams across the UK and abroad: since our inception in 2018, we have delivered exercises and learning programmes for more than 500 cyber security decision-makers. 

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“CyberFish are offering a novel solution in the cyber incident exercising and team building space. They have developed a unique methodology that helps organisations to become more resilient in the digital realm. We decided to try out their simulation exercise and found it beneficial for enhancing our cyber-security controls”

Chief Technology Officer

Telecommunications Company

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