My Top 5 Cyber Security Events

My Top 5 Cyber Security Events

Welcome to my new series of blogs which will cover my top 5 cyber security events, podcasts, publications, and video series. In my line of work as the CEO & Founder of the UK Cyber Security Association and as a cyber security awareness consultant I come across many of these and I thought I would share my favourites. I have a “go to” list of events, podcasts, video series and publications that I visit on a regular basis to get great cyber security industry insights and to find out what the hot topics and themes are in the industry.

I thought I’d start with my top 5 not to be missed cyber security events:


Infosecurity is the Daddy of cyber security and Infosec events, and is next taking place on 8 to 10 June 2021, subject to coronavirus restrictions. I get so much out of this event from the latest topics and insights, new vendors and products that are helping to keep the cyber world safe and great networking opportunities with my cyber security colleagues and friends. It really is a not to be missed event and one that is firmly on my cyber security events calendar.

Cyber Fringe Festival

This is a new event taking place on November 23 to November 27 online and it promises to be 5 days of key topics, insights and content from companies and speakers who are actively involved in cyber security across the West Midlands in the UK. There are opportunities for virtual networking and a virtual exhibition booth. Topics covered will include cyber security strategy, operational and technical sessions, cyber industry, defence and emergency services, diversity, government, acceleration and cyber security skills. Another not to be missed event in the cyber security events calendar.

The Future of Cyber Security Event Series

This series of cyber security conferences were face to face events before the coronavirus pandemic, but they have successfully evoloved to be a series of virtual conferences. In 2020 they featured keynote speakers such as Edward Snowden and are compered by Colonel John Doody.  These fully interactive and immersive events provide a full conference experience from the comfort of your own home with plenty of opportunities for learning and development.

Think Digital Partners

Think Digital Partners run a series of one day events that focus on cyber security for the government and public sector, with their next event for government taking place on 1 December 2020. As these are aimed specifically at these 2 sectors, they are fully tailored to provide key insights and content that is interesting and relevant for government and the public sector. Think Digital Partners also run a cyber security and digital ID directory.


CyberUK is the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC’s) flagship event which takes place annual in a different part of the UK. In 2021 it is due to take place at the ICC In Cardiff on 11th and 12th May. It features world-class speakers, solutions, and opportunities for interaction between the public and private sectors. Attendees will be briefed on the evolving cyber threat and how we must respond as individuals and as a community to keep Britain safe in cyberspace. The event is attended by over 2000 delegates and is the authoritative event for the UK’s cyber security community. It aims to demonstrate what we can do together as teams, as departments and as organisations to deliver a digital United Kingdom that leads the world in cyber resilience.

What are your favourite cyber security events and conferences, are there any that you think should be on my list? Let me know in the comments below! In my next top 5 blog I’ll be covering my favourite cyber security video series, so keep checking back for this and to see what my top 5 podcasts and publications are in the cyber security space.

Proud to Announce a Hattrick of Award Nominations

Proud to Announce a Hattrick of Award Nominations

The last month or so has been particularly horrid what with my beloved dog Poppy being so poorly and all the other horrid events of this year, so I was over the moon last week to find out that I’m a finalist in 3 different sets of cyber security awards:

Computing Security Awards – finalist in the Outstanding Contribution to Cyber Security category

Computing Magazine’s Security Excellence Awards – finalist in the Woman of the Year category

Women in Tech Excellence Awards – finalist in 2 categories: Woman of the Year – Tech Sectory and Role Model of the Year

The ceremonies are all virtual on Zoom this year and take place in early December. I’m not expecting to win, I’m very proud, humbled and honoured to just be a finalist.

Finding out that I am a finalist in these awards means the world to me and has given me a MUCH needed boost. My mental health hasn’t been great recently, and my motivation has been seriously lacking. I’m amazed that I have achieved what I have work wise in the last month! This has helped my motivation and confidence no end, and hopefully I’ll be back to where I was soon.

I have SO much more that I want to do and achieve in the cyber security industry. Despite what is happening in the world, and things can only go upwards from here.

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