Happy New Year To You All!

Happy New Year To You All!

Happy new year to all my family, friends, colleagues and contacts – the roaring ’20s are almost with us!

I have achieved things I never thought possible in 2019, and my last post focused on everything that has happened to me over the last decade. I could NOT have achieved all those things without your support – it has meant the world to me.

I hope that 2020 is a good year for you all, I certainly intend to make the most of every day and make it as good as it can be – despite the ongoing challenges I face.

Life is not a dress rehearsal, you only get one chance and one shot at it. Make it count.

Whatever you are doing to celebrate the new year tonight, have fun and stay safe. I will be snuggled up in my warm home with my wonderful husband Russell and my beloved dog Poppy, but I will raise a glass of Prosecco to you all.

Happy new year everyone – see you all in 2020!

Much love,

Lisa xx

Merry Christmas Everyone and a Very Happy New Year

Merry Christmas Everyone and a Very Happy New Year

Merry Christmas to you all and I hope you have a prosperous and happy 2020. I’m taking some time off to relax, spend time with family and regroup on what has been an incredible year for me – I’ve achieved things in 2019 that I never thought possible.

Thank you all so much for your support, help and for being there through what has been an incredible year for me career wise, but also an awful year with the decline of my Dad’s health. 

Whatever you are doing this Christmas I hope you enjoy yourselves and I’ll be back in early 2019.

Much love,

Lisa xx

Lisa Ventura Included In SC Magazine’s Top 50 Women of Influence in Cyber Security List

Lisa Ventura Included In SC Magazine’s Top 50 Women of Influence in Cyber Security List

Lisa Ventura is extremely humbled, proud and honoured to announce that she has been named one of SC Magazine’s Top 50 Women of Influence in Cyber Security alongside other notable women in the industry such as:

Dr Jessica Barker, co-founder, Cygenta 
Deshini Newman, managing director EMEA, (ISC)2
Jenny Radcliffe (The People Hacker), founder, Human Factor Security – JennyRadcliffe.com
Becky Pinkard CISO at Aldermore Bank PLC 
Lisa Forte, founder, Red Goat Cyber Security
Emma Philpott, director and CEO of the IASME Consortium 

Plus many more.

Lisa gained this highly prestigious accolade 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. She is currently undertaking some consultancy work for Pinsent Mason’s as a Security Awareness Consultant helping with firmwide cyber awareness activities including phishing simulations and rolling out elements of their #BeSecure awareness strategy.

For more information about the awards please visit https://www.scmagazineuk.com/sc-uks-50-women-influence-2019-announced/article/1664135.

Reiki Benefits: Lisa Ventura Annouces Qualifications Gained in Reiki Healing

Reiki Benefits: Lisa Ventura Annouces Qualifications Gained in Reiki Healing

Ever since I lost my much loved and much wanted son Francesco “Frankie” Enrico Ventura to stillbirth I have looked for ways to navigate through life as an empty armed mother with no children. This can be easier said than done, but the one thing that has helped me immensely has been Reiki healing.

I am therefore extremely proud to announce that, alongside my cyber security work, I am now qualified in this having taken the following courses:

Reiki Healing 1 – Healing Myself
Reiki Healing 2 – Healing Others
Spiritual Guidance & Awareness
Animal Reiki Healing

I did these courses with Kay Wilkinson of Kay Wilkinson Holistic Therapy and I’m looking forward to putting into practice what I’ve learnt in the coming months and assembling a portfolio of evidence to become a Reiki Healing Master in 2020.

When I took these courses I knew that I wanted to do them to give back and to share with others just how beneficial Reiki healing is. To that end Kay and I will be running a Reiki Healing Event on Wednesday 29th January 2020, 7pm at Ruskwick Village Hall, Rushwick, Worcester.

We will be talking about the benefits of Reiki and giivng 15 minute introductory Reiki Healing sessions to those who attend. Entry to the event is free, but we will be asking for donations to Dementia UK.

Thank you Kay for inducting me into the world of Reiki healing, and I will be sharing my journey with this on my site.

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy 2019

Merry Christmas and a Very Happy 2019

Merry Christmas and a very happy new year to you all, may it be a good one with lots of happy memories for you.

I look forward to what 2019 has to bring, the year ahead and new beginnings and challenges.

With love,

Lisa xx

The Innovation Game: Report Commissioned by Microsoft, Paxata and Accenture

The Innovation Game: Report Commissioned by Microsoft, Paxata and Accenture

As part of my work at Corinium Global Intelligence I was thrilled to be involved in the production of a report commissioned by Microsoft, Paxata and Accenture called “The Innovation Game”. This report examined the challenges, opportunities and technology requirements to push forward data and analytics in organisations, and I provided commentary around some of the findings that came up in the report.

Some of the key findings in the report include:

  • Over 60 percent of respondents surveyed stated that their organizations store and use data for business analytics in a hybrid, multi-cloud strategy with data originating from cloud environments and existing on premises infrastructure.
  • Nearly all (93 percent) respondents said that their organizations are investing more than $1 million in new analytics initiatives in 2018/19. The main purpose of their analytics function are achieving cost savings and efficiency (43 percent) and to bolster revenue generation (23 percent).
  • Three out of four (75 percent) are set up and trained on self-service analytics, and 76 percent of those that are set up believe this approach has enabled proliferation, understanding, and use of analytics throughout the business.

The report was launched during Corinium’s prestigious Chief Analytics Officer Spring event in San Francisco.

To download and access a copy of the report, visit https://coriniumintelligence.com/chiefanalyticsofficerfall/the-innovation-game/.