Please Vote For Lisa Ventura in the “Contribution to Cyber Security” category in this year’s Computing Security Awards

Please Vote For Lisa Ventura in the “Contribution to Cyber Security” category in this year’s Computing Security Awards

I am proud, humbled and honoured to announce that I have been named a finalist in the “Contribution to Cyber Security” category in this year’s Computing Security Awards.

The winners of this prestigious set of awards will be announced on Thursday 17 October 2019 at a special ceremony and gala dinner at the Leonardo Royal Hotel, London City.

The evening starts with a drinks reception and is followed by dinner, entertainment and the presentation of the awards.

The full list of contenders for the “Contribution to Cyber Security” category are shown below:

Christopher Bailey          NuData Security
Joe Boyle                        SaltDNA
Paul Burrows                   KryptoKloud
Lisa Forte                        Red Goat Cyber Security
Debbie Garside                Geolang
Murray Pearce                 Infinigate UK
David Philps                    Practical Networks
Nigel Stanley                   TUV Rheinland
Lisa Ventura                    UK Cyber Security Association
Ian Whiting                      Titania

The winners will be decided by the number of votes they receive and I need your votes please in order to have a chance of winning!

The link to vote is https://www.computingsecurityawards.co.uk/?page=csa2019vote and I would really appreciate it if you could please take a bit of time to vote for me.

For more information about the awards please visit http://computingsecurityawards.co.uk/.

Lisa Ventura Named Winner of the Supporter of Women Category in the USA’s Cyber Security Woman of the Year Awards

Lisa Ventura Named Winner of the Supporter of Women Category in the USA’s Cyber Security Woman of the Year Awards

I am proud, humbled and honoured to announce that I was named a winner in the Cyber Security Women of the Year Awards organised by Inteligenca for the “Cyber Security Supporter of Women” category. The winners were announced at a prestigious ceremony on Monday 5 August 2019 at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, USA.

This is the third award win I’ve had this year, having previously won the “Contribution to Cyber Security” category in the SC Awards Europe 2019 and the “Cyber Security Personality of the Year” category for the UK’s Cyber Security Awards.

I took home this prestigious award for my pioneering work in supporting women in cyber security as the CEO & Founder of the UK Cyber Security Association, and my contribution to the cyber security industry for women and the cyber skills gap as a writer/blogger and thought leader.

Inteligenca created the awards out of the importance for women in cyber security to be recognized as much as it’s important for women to develop a community of peers who share common experiences. A new generation of cyber defenders needs to have strong role models to follow, and Ineligenca believes that those who already contribute to the greater good of us all should be must elevated and highlighted for their achievements.

Inteligenca wanted to create an environment where they salute the people who fight back and the women who’ve jumped into the fight to protect organizations and society. They want to show their appreciation for those people doing good things in the security space, which is the ethos behind the awards.

Thank you so much to Inteligenca, and congratulations to all the winners and finalists!

For more information and for a list of the winners, please visit https://inteligenca.lpages.co/cyber-woman-of-the-year/

The FaceApp Craze: Think Before Giving Away Your Data

The FaceApp Craze: Think Before Giving Away Your Data

I would like to say a big thank you to Francesco Cipollone for mentioning me in his latest article “Is FaceApp stealing your identity? Let’s find it out…” which he has published on Medium. If you want an easy to follow balanced view on this subject, you need to read his article.

I shared a post last Thursday on LinkedIn about the latest FaceApp craze and bandwagon that everyone is talking about, and this article takes a close look at the T&C’s of the app and what you are agreeing to/giving away data wise when you download, install and use it.

The post I shared sparked quite a debate with over 12,807 views and counting, 54 shares, 117 reactions and 22 comments. Opinions on this varied but the main message is clear – think carefully about what you are giving away data wise not just with FaceApp but ANY app, and that includes the likes of Facebook, Google, Apple, and even LinkedIn.

Many of you use your biometric data such as your fingerprints and facial recognition to unlock your phone and confirm your identity for things like online banking. The data that an app like FaceApp gathers on facial recognition is immense. Just imagine the value that it would have on the dark web…..

Read Francesco’s article here – https://medium.com/@FrankSEC42/is-faceapp-stealing-your-identity-lets-find-it-out-241aa18c8402

Throwback Thursday: What Achievements Are You All Most Proud Of?

Throwback Thursday: What Achievements Are You All Most Proud Of?

What past achievements are you all most proud of? Here is one of mine…..

#ThrowbackThursday to 1997, and to when I was I was working at Chris Tarrant’s management company, and Chris of course was the host/presenter of the iconic gameshow “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” on ITV. I worked at his management company for seven years from 1996 to 2002.

At that time I had the pleasure of working with Chris to help write parts of his book “Tarrant off the Record”, proofreading it several times and liaising with his then publishers Harper Collins to get it released. I lost my copy of it somewhere over the years, and I managed to find one on recently on ebay for £1.99!

I spent hours working on this book back in the day and I just love Chris’s hilarious take on things from his life and career including fishing, being a radio DJ at Capital Radio, soap opera characters (namely “Crossroads”, remember that folks), touring as one of “The Four Bucketeers” and the legendary Capital Radio Christmas parties to name but a few.

I’m so chuffed to have this book again, it really is one of the most hysterical reads ever, and I’m so proud to have worked on it at the tender age of 24 😊

#LifeAchievements
#Goals
#FortuneFavoursTheBold

Above: me with Chris Tarrant and my Mum at a recording of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” at Elstree Film Studios in 2000.

Lisa Ventura Wins “Cyber Security Personality of the Year” Award

Lisa Ventura Wins “Cyber Security Personality of the Year” Award

Lisa Ventura is extremely humbled, proud and honoured to announce that she is the winner of the “Cyber Security Personality of the Year” category in this year’s Cyber Security Awards. The glittering awards ceremony took place on Thursday 4th July 2019 at the Park Plaza Hotel in Victoria, London.

The “Personality of the Year” award category was sponsored by Cyber Talks, and Lisa was proud to stand alongside other key cyber security leading professionals in the UK. Lisa took home this prestigious award for her pioneering work as CEO & Founder of the UK Cyber Security Association and her contribution to the cyber security industry as a writer/blogger and thought leader.

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 their core themes, throughout all categories. A totally independent event, they have no affiliation to any magazines, organisations, or products. As a result, their judges are able to make all their decisions on merit alone.

The Cyber Security Awards team, reviews the industry, looking for the best possible applicants, and each entrant this year was considered by the judges against a range of criteria. Every finalist demonstrated to the judges that they are top of the game in cyber security and demonstrated the core themes of the awards – innovation and excellence. For that alone Lisa is proud and humbled to win the “Cyber Security Personality of the Year” category.

For more information about the awards please visit https://cybersecurityawards.com/.