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.

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.

Proud to Contribute to the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance July 2020 Newsletter

Proud to Contribute to the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance July 2020 Newsletter

Thank you so much Caterri Woodrum and the Autoimmune Encephalitis Alliance in the USA for asking me to contribute an article about my Dad’s diagnosis of CASPR2 antibody encephalitis, his journey and his recovery 🥰🥰

It is SO important to raise awareness of autoimmune encephalitis, as it can very easily be put down to other conditions by GPs, doctors and neurologists. We were so close to my Dad’s symptoms being put down to motor neurone disease and associated dementia, but with treatment he is making some small improvements.

It was also very difficult to get this article into around 800-900 words as I have so much to say to raise awareness of my Dad’s condition. This is just the beginning of what I intend to do to raise much-needed awareness of autoimmune encephalitis and the effect it has on those who suffer from it and their families. My book “Encephalitis Daughter” will be released later this year which will focus on my Dad’s journey and diagosis, his road to recovery and the impact his illness has had on us as a family.

You can read my article in their July newsletter here https://aealliance.org/the-july-newsletter/.

Lisa Ventura Shortlisted in the Positive Role Model (Gender) Category for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Lisa Ventura Shortlisted in the Positive Role Model (Gender) Category for the UK’s Largest Diversity Awards

Lisa Ventura is honoured, proud and humbled to announce that she has been shortlisted for the Positive Role Model (Gender) category at the National Diversity Awards 2020.

A record breaking 64,000 people nominated this year alone and the results are finally in for the National Diversity Awards (NDA), with an astonishing 126 nominees being recognised for their various achievements nationwide.

Community organisations and role models from across the UK will head to the breath-taking Liverpool Anglican Cathedral on 26th February to witness the countries 2020 winners being crowned the best of British diversity. Amongst those being honoured are charities, campaigners and activists, all of whom work tirelessly to combat injustice and discrimination in very different ways.

Nielsen, Direct Line Group & The Open University have recently been announced as sponsors of the pioneering awards that have paid tribute to over 800 grass root groups and diversity champions since its inception. ITV News are also listed amongst a host of companies showcasing their support to recognising diverse talent, providing a platform to our unsung heroes.

Rachel Corp, Acting Editor, ITV News said: “We are pleased that ITV News will once again be supporting the National Diversity Awards. ITV News remains committed to telling the stories of those, who through their work and dedication to helping others have made a difference; enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion in our society. We look forward to introducing the 2020 nominees to our viewers across the regions and nation.”

Designed to highlight the country’s most inspirational and selfless people, the NDA’s continue to gain endorsements from high profile figures such as Sir Lenny Henry CBE and Graham Norton. Activist Katie Piper, Presenters Alex Brooker & Ade Adepitan MBE and Emmerdale star Ash Palmisciano were on this year’s judging panel, dedicating their time to help choose the highly anticipated shortlist.

Actress and comedian Sally Phillips will take centre stage on 26th February as the official host of this year’s ceremony. Sally said, “This year has presented historic challenges for everyone but with them we have also seen extraordinary and heroic achievements of people fighting to keep some of our most vulnerable communities supported. We need a spotlight on our communities, need, human rights and care for those on the outside like never before. We need to meet, exchange ideas and resources and pool skills more urgently than ever. I am ever-grateful for the NDA network and couldn’t be prouder to be returning to their tremendous awards as host for a second time. See you there?”

Previous winners include actor Warwick Davis, men’s mental health charity Andy’s Man Club and reformed breast cancer survivor Codilia Gapare.

Paul Sesay, Founder and CEO of the National Diversity Awards added, “During difficult and challenging times, it is now more important than ever to recognise our countries true role models. The nation has embraced the diversity of our country and exceeded every other year by submitting a record breaking 64,000 nominations and votes. Let me reiterate that creating this shortlist was no easy task. The profound impact made by all our nominees is astonishing, and I feel personally encouraged to know that so many lives are being changed for the better due to the many causes being championed by all of you. After weeks of deliberating and thousands of heartfelt testimonials later, I am delighted to finally present to you the best of British Diversity. Congratulations to all of our shortlisted nominees, it is an honour to recognise your fearlessness, resilience and humanitarian efforts with the rest of the world. Let’s continue the fight for justice, unity and equality for all”.

To view a full list of nominees please visit www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/shortlist.