Lisa Ventura Announces Appointment to the West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre Advisory Group

Lisa Ventura Announces Appointment to the West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre Advisory Group

Lisa Ventura is delighted to announce that she has been appointed to the Advisory Group for the newly created West Midlands Cyber Resilience Centre along with 2 others to help shape the development of the centre.

The centre is one of several across the UK and are all police led, and aim to support small businesses and SMEs with being more cyber aware and staying safe online, Businesses can apply for free core membership of the centre to help them improve their cyber posture. The group will provide the WMCRC with guidance, advice and influence the direction of the Centre which is headed up by Director Alison Hurst.  

Director Alison Hurst welcomed the new appointments saying: “We are delighted to welcome our first three Advisory Group Members to the WMCRC. It’s really important that we form a group of industry professions from all backgrounds to help support the growth of the centre. Lisa, Paul and Stuart all have different experience and their wealth of knowledge will be invaluable to me and my team.

“I have been overwhelmed with the amount of interest we have had in our Board and Advisory Group from businesses across the region and we expect many more announcements in the next few weeks via our website and social media.”

Find out more about the WMCRC Advisory Group Members on the website as well as join as a WMCRC Member and sign up to their e-newsletter.

Call For Chapters: The Varied Origins of the Cyber Men – Volume One

Call For Chapters: The Varied Origins of the Cyber Men – Volume One

Following on from the huge success of my first book “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume One”, I’m very proud to announce that I have started work on compiling another book to be published on Kindle Direct publishing, and I’m seeking submissions from men in the cyber security industry to be included in it.

“The Varied Origins of the Cyber Men: Volume One” will be a collection of inspiring stories and accounts from men in the cyber security and technology industries who are pioneers and leading the way in helping to protect the world from the growing cyber threat. It is hoped that this book will feature men in the cyber security industry from all over the world.

Those who are included and featured in the book will give their hints, tips and advice to those who are looking to pursue a career in cyber security and technology or change their career path into cyber security and technology.

I am particularly looking for men to include in the book who haven’t had a linear path into the cyber security industry, who got into the industry despite not having a technical background or those who have overcome much adversity to get to where they are today.

All proceeds from this book once costs are covered (such as proof reading costs) will be split equally between all contributors included in the book.

How to Submit a Chapter

The deadline for chapters to be sent for inclusion in the book is Friday 16 October 2020. The book will be released on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing to coincide with International Men’s Day on Thursday 19 November 2020. We are looking for 12 – 15 chapters to include in this book and strongly encourage men from the BAME community to submit a chapter for inclusion in the book.
Download the chapter submission guidelines here.

All proceeds from this book once costs are covered (such as proof reading costs) will be split equally between all contributors included in the book.

If you have any questions about this and being included in “The Varied Origins of the Cyber Men: Volume One” please contact info@cybersecurityassociation.co.uk.

The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume One – Thank You For Your Support

The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume One – Thank You For Your Support

It has been a week since I released “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume 1” and I have been overwhelmed with the response to it so far. I have had some very positive comments and feedback about it, so much so that I will be releasing “Volume 2” in 2020 in line with International Women’s Day on 8 March.

It was my original intention to use the proceeds from volume 1 (once any costs were met) to put on face to face networking events for women in the cyber security industry. I hoped that these events would be aimed more at those with a non-technical background to help them feel more at ease – I know first-hand how intimidating it can be to be at events that are very technical in nature – they can be a quite off-putting.

However, since the pandemic hit and everything has moved to being virtual, I realised that I can still achieve these events using a virtual platform instead of a face-to-face one. Therefore, all proceeds from the book once my costs for proof reading have been met will be split equally between all the contributors in the book.

This will apply for volume 2, so if you would like to consider submitting a chapter please email me via info@cybersecurityassociation.co.uk or message me via my social media channels on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook to request these. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2020.

Also, I’ve been asked why my story is not included in the book. Well, the answer to this is simple. I do not want to detract from the brilliant, amazing and inspiring women who are featured in the book and I wanted to give them a well-deserved platform instead of focusing on myself. Therefore, I just wrote the introduction/foreword rather than include my story and journey into the cyber security industry.

If anyone is interested in reading about how I got into the cyber security industry and why I do what I do, my story is on my website here – https://lisaventura.co.uk/my-journey-into-cyber-security-part-1/, split into several parts.

Thank you all again for all your support and lovely comments about “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume 1”. I will be continuing to promote the book over the coming weeks, starting with some Q&A interviews with the contributors. “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume 1” is available to buy from Amazon now.

Lisa Ventura Finalist in 3 Categories in 2020 Cyber Security Awards

Lisa Ventura Finalist in 3 Categories in 2020 Cyber Security Awards

Lisa Ventura is delighted to announce that she has been selected as finalist in three categories in the 2029 Cyber Security Awards – “Personality of the Year”, “Woman of the Year” and “Cloud Security Influencer of the Year”.

The Cyber Security Awards were established in 2014, to reward the best individuals, teams and companies within the cyber security industry. Excellence and innovation are core themes, throughout all categories. The Cyber Security Awards team, reviews the industry, looking for the best possible applicants. They encouraged all those who are committed to progressing the industry to apply for the awards. Organisations and people from all over the world submitted applications including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups, as long as they have a presence within the United Kingdom.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards will be announced virtually on 10th September at 5.00pm BST.

Organiser Christina Price said: “Despite the challenges of 2020, we have received a record number of entries. The quality was very high, and I know there are many disappointed companies who did not make the shortlist this year. Those that have been selected as finalists should be incredibly pleased with their achievement and know that competition to be win will be tough!”

For more information please visit https://cybersecurityawards.com/2020-shortlist.

Lisa Ventura Announces Publication of her First Book “The Rise of the Cyber Women”

Lisa Ventura Announces Publication of her First Book “The Rise of the Cyber Women”

Lisa Ventura is delighted to announce that her first book “The Rise of the Cyber Women” is now available to buy via Amazon Direct Publishing.

As a woman in the cyber security indusry who had a non-linear journey into it, Lisa was inspired to compile and edit this book to help give a voice to other women in the industry. She hopes that the book will act as an inspirational guide to women who might be thinking about taking their first steps into a career in cyber security but think they lack the skills or competencies to do so.

“The Rise of the Cyber Women” is a compilation of inspiring stories with women in the cyber security industry from all over the world who are pioneers and leading the way in helping to protect the world from the growing cyber threat. Those who are included and featured in this book shared not only their stories but also their hints, tips and advice to women who are looking to pursue a career in cyber security or change their career path into cyber security. Their tenacity and commitment to their careers in the cyber security industry is very impressive indeed.If you are a woman who is looking to make the move into the cyber security industry, you need to read this book. If you feel that you are not good enough for a career in cyber security, you need to read this book. If you suffer from “impostor syndrome” which is holding you back from a career in cyber security, you need to read this book.

The contributors included in the book in order of appearance are:

Lauren Zink
Goonjeta Malhotra
Liz Banbury
April Boyd-Noronha
Cheryl Torano
Celine Pypaert
Annie Jamshed
Lucy McGrother
Dr Semire Yekta
Jihana Barrett
Stephanie Luangraj
Vandana Verma Sehgal
Larisa Gabudeanu
Amy Ertan
Kavya Pearlman
Karla Reffold

“The Rise of the Cyber Women” is available now via the links below:

Paperback – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rise-Cyber-Women-Inspirational-security/dp/B089M619Z7/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=The+Rise+of+the+Cyber+Women&qid=1596365176&sr=8-2 

Kindle/eBook – https://www.amazon.co.uk/Rise-Cyber-Women-Inspirational-security-ebook/dp/B08F3RGYQC/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=The+Rise+of+the+Cyber+Women&qid=1596365061&sr=8-1

For more information please email info@cybersecurityassociation.co.uk or contact Lisa directly via hello@lisaventura.co.uk.