Lisa Ventura Named as one of the “Most Influential Women in UK Tech by Computer Weekly Magazine

Lisa Ventura Named as one of the “Most Influential Women in UK Tech by Computer Weekly Magazine

Lisa Ventura is proud to announce that she has been named as one of the “Most Influential Women in UK Tech” in Computer Weekly for 2020.

When Computer Weekly launched its list of influential women in UK IT in 2012, it only featured 25 women. It was later expanded to include 50 women to ensure as many as possible are recognised each year.

Each year, they aim to ensure the nominations for the 50 Most Influential Women in UK Technology are as diverse and inclusive as possible, regardless of age, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation, including trans women and those who identify as non-binary.

Readers will be to vote on who they think should be chosen as the Most Influential Woman in UK Technology 2020 to help the judges make their final decision – but they also wanted to reveal all of the nominees who were considered.

For more information about Computer Weekly’s “Most Influential Women in UK Tech” long list please visit https://www.computerweekly.com/news/252485588/Most-Influential-Women-in-UK-Tech-The-2020-longlist

Lisa Ventura Nominated in Computing Magazine’s 2020 Women in Tech Excellence Awards

Lisa Ventura Nominated in Computing Magazine’s 2020 Women in Tech Excellence Awards

Lisa Ventura is proud to announce that she has been nominated in the 2020 Computing Magazine’s Women in Tech Excellence awards in the “Positive Role Model” and “Woman of the Year” categories for her work supporting women in cyber security and in neurodiversity.

The winners of the awards will be announced on Wednesday 25 November 2020 at The Brewery in London.

Computing Magazine’s Women in Tech Excellence awards is a prestigious event which exists to recognise top-performing women from across the technology space and provide inspiration for younger women looking to build a career in the tech industry. They are designed to help the industry by recognising and promoting the many talented females, and other success stories. There are places in IT for females, and this industry can lead to rewarding, fulfilling careers for everyone.

For more information about the awards please visit https://womenintechexcellence.co.uk/womenintechexcellenceawards2020/en/page/home

My Warning to Businesses as Scam Emails Increase

My Warning to Businesses as Scam Emails Increase

Recently I took part in an online chat with IsoNation giving a warning to businesses about the rise of scam and phishing emails and some advice about what businesses can do to help protect themselves against this. I was chuffed to bits that my advice was featured in my local paper the Worcester News this week

It is SO easy for someone to be taken in by a scam email, as phishing attempts are getting more and more sophisticated, especially around COVID19. Cyber criminals’ prey on our insecurities and fears and know how to press our “buttons” to get us to click on something we shouldn’t. I’ve heard about TONS of businesses who have been taken in by scam emails and lots thousands of pounds as a result.

My work is all around cyber security awareness and education about the growing cyber threat. In my industry it is said that people are the biggest weakness, but they can also be the greatest strength against combatting cyber-crime and online fraud. Education around this is key.

If in doubt, do NOT click on a suspect email and feel free to email me via hello@lisaventura.co.uk, I’ll always try to help.

Be safe, be sure…and be secure – don’t get caught out by scammers.

A Reflection of the Past Year Since Winning the “Outstanding Contribution” Award from SC Awards Europe & a Note to This Year’s Finalists

A Reflection of the Past Year Since Winning the “Outstanding Contribution” Award from SC Awards Europe & a Note to This Year’s Finalists

Next week the SC Awards Europe takes place, although this year it moves to a virtual platform. The awards will be streamed live on their website https://www.scawardseurope.com/ over 3 days online due to the coronavirus outbreak. Last year I was extremely humbled, honoured and proud to win the “Outstanding Contribution” award, and I couldn’t be there in person to collect my award, something I will always regret.

I couldn’t believe that I had been nominated, let alone find out I was a finalist in my category. I was up against some HUGE names in the cyber security industry such as Ian Glover from CREST and Dr Kevin Jones rom Airbus; I considered all the finalists to be far more worthy winners of my category.  To win the award was incredibly surreal for me and it still feels like a dream today.

This Time Last Year….

The awards ceremony takes place during the same week as Infosec, and with my father being in very ill health at the time I didn’t think I would be able to attend Infosec, let alone attend the awards ceremony. An operation that my father was scheduled to have that same week was cancelled, so at the very last minute I threw some things into a bag, contacted a friend I have in East London to ask if I could stay overnight with her and attended Infosec for 2 days. I thought that the awards ceremony would be sold out or full, so I decided not to attend even though I made it to Infosec at very short notice.

The first day at Infosec was brilliant, I was able to arrange some long overdue meetings with contacts such as Chris Windley and Tim Moran (who gave a great talk in the New Cyber Zone) from Lujam Cyber, Andy Laver from Proficio (although he has moved on from Proficio now), Steve Hood from NTE, Simon Wardle from bluesource and Andrew Lawton from FortressAS amongst others. I was able to network and visit a lot of old friends and contacts in the exhibitor zone and I was so pleased I had made it to Infosec after all.

On the night of the awards ceremony I was at my friends house and was just heading to bed when my husband texted me and said, in true Del Boy from Only Fools and Horses style: “You’ve only gone and done it!” He was following the award announcements on Twitter and saw that I had won the “Outstanding Contribution” award. I couldn’t believe it, and I wasn’t even at the awards ceremony – I was gutted!

The next day at Infosec was a huge blur, so many people came up to me to congratulate me, many I didn’t even know. I attended the “Women in Security” event where I saw the inspirational Professor Sue Black talk about her work and achievements, and women in there came up to me and said I had given them hope and was a huge inspiration.

I collected my award from the SC Magazine offices in Twickenham a few weeks later and got to meet the Editor Toby Morbin, it still felt very surreal, but it was true – I had won the award! It is now one of my most treasured things and has pride of place in my office where I can always see it to remind myself of how far I had come in a short time in the cyber security industry.

This Time This Year…..

Since winning the SC Awards Europe “Outstanding Contribution” award I went on to win “Cyber Security Personality of the Year” from the Cyber Security Awards, “Supporter of Women in Cyber Security” from the Women in Cyber Awards in the USA, and I was named as one of WeAreTechWomen’s 100 inspiring women in tech. I was also named as one of SC Magazine’s “50 Women of Influence” in November 2019, but yet again I couldn’t go to the gathering as my father was very ill at the time and I couldn’t leave him.

I had SUCH great plans this year and was going to do so much. I had been booked to speak at various conferences and events including the Cloud and Cyber Expo, Think Partners Cyber Security for Government Event, and the Identity Management Summit amongst others. They have all been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak. I also planned to attend Infosec again this year, but this has also been cancelled. It looks like all events, conferences and networking events have been cancelled for the foreseeable future – and rightly so.

I have been busier this year than ever because of winning the “Outstanding Contribution” award.  My work with the UK Cyber Security Association keeps me very busy indeed, I’ve been approached to write numerous articles and blogs which I’ve had published, my book “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume 1” is due for release on Amazon Direct Publishing in mid-June 2020 and I’ve had cyber security awareness consultancy work coming out of my ears.

The coronavirus outbreak has not stopped me from achieving any of my goals, nor has my work in cyber security been affected. Instead of speaking at face to face events I have taken part in numerous online events, conferences, webinars, and meetings using Zoom, Teams, and other video conferencing platforms. My father has also improved considerably with his health since I won the award last year, which means I can dedicate much more of my time to my work in the industry and achieving my goals.

Winning the “Outstanding Contribution” award has meant the world to me and is a huge achievement. I hope I can go on to achieve even more in the cyber security industry in the coming years – coronavirus or not!

To all The Finalists in all the Categories for 2020

I want to send everyone who is a finalist in all categories in this year’s SC Awards Europe the very best of luck, and congratulations for getting this far – it is a huge endorsement of your achievements, work and the services that your organisation provides for the cyber security industry. You are ALL winners in my eyes and I’m very proud that you are all finalists.

I know the event isn’t what we are all used to with it taking place virtually due to the coronavirus outbreak, but I will be logging onto the live stream Tuesday to Thursday next week to share, retweet and extend my congratulations to all the winners.

If you do win – enjoy it. Leverage it. Be proud of what the award represents and of your achievements. I am very proud of my 2019 “Outstanding Contribution” award, even if my impostor syndrome sometimes gets in the way and tries to tell me otherwise.

To watch the awards and see the live stream at 4pm on Tuesday 2 June, Wednesday 3 June and Thursday 4 June visit https://www.scawardseurope.com/. Also follow SC Magazine on Twitter – https://twitter.com/SCmagazineUK – for announcements of the winners.

Until next week,

Lisa Ventura
CEO & Founder: UK Cyber Security Association
Winner of SC Awards Europe “Outstanding Contribution” Category 2019

Coronavirus Outbreak 2020: This Too Shall Pass

Coronavirus Outbreak 2020: This Too Shall Pass

I’ve seen and heard some pretty harrowing things this last week or so when it comes to the coronavirus outbreak. And yet somehow I have to have faith and believe that things will get better one day.

 

They won’t be the same. I am sure we will all be forever changed as a result of the events of this year so far. It isn’t over yet and more is to come.

 

My heart goes out to:

 

– all the key workers in the NHS, supermarkets, carers, delivery drivers etc – you are all putting your lives at risk for us
 
– the families of those affected by coronavirus, and who have lost loved ones to the disease
 
– everyone else who is doing their part and helping in the fight against this awful disease
 

– all of those who have been furloughed or who have lost their jobs due to the virus

 

I wish I could wave a magic wand and make everything okay again, as it was before the virus came, but I know I can’t.

 

I am very lucky, I know that. All I have to do is stay in my own home apart from my daily bit of exercise to walk my dog Poppy and to do 1 food shop a week on a Saturday for myself and my parents. I hate leaving the shopping on their doorstep and not being able to see them. I am thankful to all my friends on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn who have taken time to chat to me on messenger and who have been checking in on me and my parents to see if we are okay. It means the world to me. I miss my family and friends, but I’m lucky to have Facebook messenger and other online tools to be able to speak to them and even see them on video.

 

It is truly at times like this that you realise what is important, that you chuck out what isn’t important and you get to see first-hand who is there for you and who isn’t. People show their true colours in a time of crisis, and I’ve certainly seen that with some individuals first-hand since the coronavirus outbreak happened. Good riddance to bad rubbish is what I say to that!

 

I hope with all my heart that this too shall pass and we will all be able to see each other again, hug each other and tell each other we love each other. Let’s all try to hang on in there and do what is being asked of us by the government to try and halt the spread of coronavirus. I know how tempting it is to go out on a lovely day like today, but we mustn’t.

 

We all have to keep calm and carry on as best we can, and as hard as it is. In the meantime, if any of you need to talk or just want to vent, chat or catch up, I’m there for you. Send me an email, find me on social media, and get in touch. Please don’t feel that you have to go through these crazy times alone…you don’t.
Lisa Ventura Nominated For National Diversity Award

Lisa Ventura Nominated For National Diversity Award

Lisa Ventura is proud to announce that she has been nominated in the 2020 National Diversity Awards in the “Positive Role Model” category for her work supporting women in cyber security and in neurodiversity.

The winners of the awards will be announced on Friday 25 September 2020 at The Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool.

The National Diversity Awards is a prestigious black tie event, which celebrates the excellent achievements of grass- root communities that tackle the issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.

Charities, role models and community heroes will be honoured at the ceremony showcasing their outstanding devotion to enhancing equality, diversity and inclusion; thus embracing the excellence of all UK citizens irrespective of race, faith, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability and culture.

To view Lisa’s profile on the National Diversity Awards website visit https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominate/27527/

For more information about the awards please visit https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk.