I am an award-winning cyber security specialist whose career spans over 23 years in the industry. I entered the cyber security industry in 2009 when I became the Chief Operations Officer/PR & Marketing Director at Titania Ltd, a leading cyber security software development company based in the West Midlands, UK.
During my time at Titania I saw the company grow from a start-up to a successful business with members of staff, offices and a network of distributors and resellers globally. Since my time at Titania I have utilised my experience and expertise in cyber security in many other organisations including BT, Pinsent Masons, BlueVoyant, CyBourn, Proficio Inc, the UK Cyber Security Council and more as a Cyber Security Awareness Consultant.
I have a huge interest in the human aspects of cyber security and in raising as much awareness as possible of the growing cyber threat, not only to businesses of all sizes but also to the general public. As such, I am the Founder of Cyber Security Unity (formerly the UK Cyber Security Association). Cyber Security Unity is a global community in cyber security that aims to unite the cyber security industry worldwide to combat the growing cyber threat. I strongly believe that we are stronger together as an industry to help combat the growing cyber threat, and through my work at Cyber Security Unity my aim is to bring the industry together and end the long-standing siloed working in cyber security that has been so prevalent.
I have a strong interest in the following areas:
- Supporting women into careers in cyber security
- Supporting those who are neurodiverse or from different backgrounds into careers in cyber security
- Bullying, abuse and narcissism in cyber security
- Mental health issues, stress, and burnout – especially in relation to the cyber security industry
- Imposter syndrome
- Equality and diversity
- Neurodiversity and cyber security
As a result of the work I undertake in the industry I am often invited to be a keynote speaker and panellist at various cyber security, technology, IT and business conferences and events.
I sit on the Advisory Board of the West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre, on the Advisory Board of the International Cyber Security Expo and I am a judge for the Cyber OSPA awards and the Women in Governance, Risk and Compliance awards. I am also a cyber security advisor for Think Digital Partners and Business Live Global.
I am an award-winning writer and my blogs “Cyber Geek Girl” “Life Body Soul Spirit” and “Frankie’s Legacy” all focus on different areas and aspects of my life. I am a qualified coach and mentor, and currently studying towards becoming a counsellor to help those affected by narcissistic abuse and those in the cyber security industry who have been impacted by bullying and harassment.
I am also a published author and have recently contributed articles to Counter Terror Business Magazine, Infosecurity magazine and the BPMA Magazine amongst others. My books entitled “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume 1 and Volume 2” and “The Varied Origins of the Cyber Men: Volume 1” are available on Amazon Direct Publishing. I have other books in the pipeline including one called “Picking Apart The Threads: How One Docu-Film About Nuclear War Influenced a Cold-War Generation“, which was conceived through my strong interest in all things related to nuclear war which will include a foreword from the actor Reese Dinsdale who played “Jimmy” in the BBC docu-drama about nuclear war in the UK called “Threads”.
Neurodivergent and proud
I am a strong advocate of all things related to neurodiversity since I was diagnosed as #ActuallyAutistic in 2018 and with ADHD and BPD traits in January 2023. I am also a strong supporter of promoting cyber security as a career path to those who are autistic and neurodivergent and being a mentor to those who are considering entering the cyber security industry.
I have been nominated and won numerous awards for my work over the years including winning the Outstanding Contribution to Cyber Security category in the SC Magazine Awards Europe and the Cyber Security Personality of the Year award in the UK’s Cyber Security Awards. One of the most prestigious awards I have won was the ITV’s National Diversity Awards in 2020 when I won in the Postive Role Model (Gender) category.
I have also beel included on various lists:
- IT Security Guru’s – Most Inspiring Women in Cyber Security
- We Are Tech Women’s Top 100
- WISF’s Power 100 list of the most inspiring women in cyber security
- IFSEC’s Global Influencer list
- The Evening Standards’ Top Cyber Security Influencers to Follow
- Computer Weekly’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber and Tech
During the earlier part of my career and before I entered the cyber security industry in 2009 I worked with leading TV and Radio Personality Chris Tarrant at his management company. I oversaw Chris’s involvement in “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” where it was a huge hit in the UK, regularly beating “Eastenders” in the ratings, and it also went on to be a global phenomenon. I helped to ghostwrite Chris’s 1997 book “Tarrant off the Record”, and I was also involved in the launch of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival Fringe which first took place in 1999 which was the precursor to the now popular Worcester Festival. I was also the Founder and Festival Director of the Worcestershire Literary Festival from 2011 to 2013.
I love nothing more than mentoring others and sharing my industry insights in the main passions that I have in cyber security, neurodiversity, and mental health. I am a born campaigner and campaigns tirelessly for issues that are close to my heart such as imposter syndrome (I am a Co-Founder of International Imposter Syndrome Awareness Day), early pregnancy loss/stillbirth, mental health issues and stress/burnout.
I have a strong and unrivalled ability to take complex security technologies and text and turn this into straightforward, jargon free language that is easy to understand. As an autistic woman in the cyber security industry who also has ADHD I am often called upon to share my experiences of being neurodiverse and how neurodiversity can be a force for good in all areas of life.
A lifelong learner, I continually develop and enhance my skills through exhibitions, trade shows, networking events and via attending conferences, courses and seminars. In my spare time I love reading, blogging/writing, walking my beloved dog Poppy, sci-fi, films/cinema and self-development/positive thinking. I also have a strong interest in all things related to nuclear war and collects books, documentaries, and films on this subject.
To find out more and to contact me, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Blogs and Work…
- Marketing – 95%
- Word Press – 85%
- Content Creation – 95%
- Blog & Content Marketing – 90%
- Press Releases – 85%
- Adaptive – 90%
- Learning New Skills – 95%
- Communication – 95%
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