Lisa Ventura Wins CISO Magazine’s Infosec Superwoman of the Year Award

Lisa Ventura Wins CISO Magazine’s Infosec Superwoman of the Year Award

I’m extremely proud, humbled and honoured to be selected as CISO Magazine’s “Infosec Superwoman of the Year”, such a wonderful and lovely surprise for December, and especially after how hard and horrible 2020 has been so far.

Winning this means the absolute world to me, and I hope to engage with CISO Magazine more in 2021 by way of contributing articles and taking part in their webinars/events and by writing articles for the magazine and their website.

Thank you all so much for voting for me and supporting me, you’ve no idea how much it means. I will continue to fight the good fight against cyber criminals and educating businesses and the general public about the growing cyber threat through my work in 2021 and beyond.
Lisa Ventura Gains a Top Cyber Pro Award From the USA

Lisa Ventura Gains a Top Cyber Pro Award From the USA

Lisa Ventura is proud to announce that she has been given a Top Cyber Pro award for her achievements and tireless contribution to the cyber security industry in the USA.

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Call for Chapters for Inclusion in “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume 2”

Call for Chapters for Inclusion in “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume 2”

I’m delighted to announce that submissions for volume 2 of “The Rise of the Cyber Women” are now open. The book will be published on International Womens’ Day on 8 March 2021 via Amazon Direct Publishing.

The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume 2” will be a second compilation of inspiring stories and interviews with women in the cyber security industry 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 women 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 women who are looking to pursue a career in cyber security or change their career path into cyber security. I’m particularly looking for women who haven’t had a linear path into cyber security or who have overcome much adversity to get to where they are today in the industry.

I’m looking for 12 women in cyber security to submit a chapter for the book, and very much welcome contributions from the BAME and LGBTQ+ communities.

If you are interested in contributing a chapter to be included in the book, please download the submission guidelines via the link below:

Submission guidelines for “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume 2”

The deadline for submissions to be received is Friday 22 January 2021.

All the details including how to send your chapter for inclusion in the book are outlined in the submission guidelines. All proceeds from the book will be split equally between the contributors included in it once any outside costs are met which I may need to pay for, such as proofreading costs.

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I look forward to receiving your submission for volume 2 of  “The Rise of the Cyber Women”.

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 video series 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.