About Lisa Ventura
Lisa Ventura’s is an award-winning cyber security and content marketing consultant whose career spans over 23 years in PR marketing, technology and cyber security. She entered the cyber security industry in 2009 when she became the Chief Operations Officer/PR & Marketing Director at Titania Ltd, a leading cyber security software development company in the UK.
During her time at Titania she saw the company grow from a tiny start-up to a successful small business with members of staff, offices and a network of distributors and resellers globally.
Since her time at Titania Lisa has utilised her expertise in cyber security in many other organisations including BT and more recently as Cyber Security Awareness Professional.
Lisa is a published author and has recently contributed articles to Counter Terror Business Magazine, Europa Business Magazine and the BPMA Magazine amongst others. Her book entitled “The Rise of the Cyber Women”, which is a collection of interviews and accounts from some of the most inspiring women in the cyber security industry today was released in August 2020.
She also has 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 her strong interest in all things related to nuclear war.
As the Founder and CEO of the UK Cyber Security Association, Lisa is in high demand for her expertise as a thought leader and commentator. The UK Cyber Security Association is a not-for-profit organisation that raises awareness of the importance of cyber security for small businesses and SME’s, and provides education on the growing cyber threat to individuals and businesses. As a result of this work Lisa is also in high demand as a speaker and panellist at various cyber security, technology and IT conferences and events.
Neurodivergent and proud, Lisa is a strong advocate of all things related to neurodiversity since she was diagnosed as being #ActuallyAutistic in June 2018. She is also a strong supporter of promoting cyber security as a career path to those who are autistic and neurodivergent, and is a mentor to those who are considering entering the cyber security and marketing industries. In addition, Lisa is a strong business mentor for Women in Business, Women in Cyber Security, Women in Tech and more.
Lisa has been nominated for and won numerous awards for her work over the years, the most recent of which was winner of the “Cyber Security Supporter of Women” category at this year’s 2019 Cyber Security Woman of the Year awards in the USA. She has also won 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 2019 Cyber Security Awards. Furthermore, she was named a winner in WeAreTechWomen’s “TechWomen100” list in November 2019.
During the earlier part of Lisa’s career and before she entered the cyber security industry in 2009 Lisa worked with leading TV and Radio Personality Chris Tarrant at his management company. She 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.
Lisa was also involved in the launch of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival Fringe which first took place in 1999, and was the precursor to the now popular Worcester Festival. She was also the Founder and Festival Director of the Worcestershire Literary Festival from 2011 to 2013.
Lisa loves nothing more than mentoring others and sharing her industry insights in the main passions that she has in cyber security, neurodiversity, business and marketing. She is a born campaigner and campaigns tirelessly for issues that are close to her heart such as neurodiversity, early pregnancy loss/stillbirth, encephalitis and road safety.
She has 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, Lisa is often called upon to share her experiences of being neurodiverse and how neurodiversity can be a force for good in all areas of life through her work as a contributor to “MeDecoded“.
A lifelong learner, Lisa continually develops and enhances her skills through exhibitions, trade shows, networking events and attending conferences, courses and seminars. In her spare time, she loves reading, blogging/writing, walking her beloved dog Poppy, sci-fi, films/cinema and self-development/positive thinking. She also has a strong interest in all things related to nuclear war and collects books, documentaries and films on this subject.
LISA’S MAIN SKILLS
- Marketing – 95%
- Word Press – 85%
- Content Creation – 95%
- Blog & Content Marketing – 90%
- Press Releases – 85%
- Adaptive – 90%
- Learning New Skills – 95%
- Communication – 95%