Lisa Ventura is Crowned Winner of the Computing Security Excellence “Security Woman of the Year” Award

Lisa Ventura is Crowned Winner of the Computing Security Excellence “Security Woman of the Year” Award

Lisa Ventura is delighted to announce that she is the winner of the Computing Security Excellence “Security Woman of the Year” award.

This award is dedicated to recognising the talent, leadership and contribution of women in IT. Whether working at the top level of security in an organisation, or as a key member of a team endeavour, this prize highlights exceptional women in the UK security industry.

The shortlist for this award consisted of: 

  • Andjela Djukanovic – KPMG
  • Lisa Ventura – UK Cyber Security Association
  • Elisabetta Zaccaria – Secure Chorus
  • Jaya Baloo – Avast
  • Nicola Jakeman – Orange Cyberdefense
  • Adenike Cosgrove – Proofpoint
  • May Mitchell – BlackBerry
  • Rachelle Reid – Allstate
  • Anastasia Grishina – Positive Technologies
  • Natasja Bolton – Sysnet Global Solutions

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Open For Speaking Engagements and Bookings in 2021

Open For Speaking Engagements and Bookings in 2021

I’ve been honoured to be asked to speak at various online events, conferences, and webinars this year. In 2021, I will be opening up my diary for the following:

– conference and event participation either as a speaker or as a panellist
– webinar participation either as a speaker or panellist
– podcast recordings
– interviews (print, online or broadcast)
– commentary on key cyber security trends and news items

In return, the UK Cyber Security Association will be launching the above on our site from January onward and are looking for participants. Our editorial calendar and event schedule will be released then, but if you are interested in getting involved and joining the discussions, we will be having send me a DM so I can add you onto our participants list.

I can talk about a wide variety of subjects within cyber security and infosec, and would be happy to discuss these further. Please note that for the foreseeble future I can only accept virtual speaking engagements that take place online, and not any that are to be in person (although I know that at the time of writing, these are currently not taking place due to COVID-19). This is because I need to protect my father as much as possible from COVID-19 as he has an ultra-rare autoimmune illness.

If you would like to consider booking me for 2021, please send me a DM or email me via

I look forward to hearing from you and forging many new relationships and partnerships in 2021 and beyond.

My Top 5 Cyber Security Podcasts

My Top 5 Cyber Security Podcasts

Welcome to my new series of blogs which will cover my top 5 cyber security events, podcasts, publications, and video series. In my first blog I covered the top 5 cyber security events that I cannot afford to miss, and in this blog I am going to list my top 5 cyber security podcasts.

So without further ado, my top 5 cyber security podcasts are:

Cloud and Cyber Security Podcast
Run by Francesco Cipollone, the Cyber Security & Cloud Podcast #CSCP is a place to explore the dark secret of cloud and cyber. The podcast focuses on people and their stories and explores the human element that brings so many people together Some episodes are for the well-seasoned cybersecurity veteran, but most are about stories of infosec people and how they reach where they are now. The focus and various stream of the podcast is Cybersecurity, Cloud Security, Application Security Social Engineering, and community building.

Influential Visions
Influential Visions is run by Nathaniel Schooler, where he interviews futuristic leaders who share their deep industry knowledge and business experience in the tech and cyber security industries. His podcasts help to ensure you have your finger on the pulse and your eyes wide open when it comes to succeeding in business in the tech space.

Cybercrime Magazine Podcast Series
Cybersecurity Ventures is the world’s leading researcher and Page ONE for the global cyber economy, and a trusted source for cybersecurity facts, figures, and statistics. They provide cyber economic market data, insights, and ground-breaking predictions to a global audience of CIOs and IT executives, CSOs and CISOs, information security practitioners, cybersecurity company founders and CEOs, venture capitalists, corporate investors, business and finance executives, HR professionals, and government cyber defense leaders. They keep their audience on the cutting edge of cyber with video journalism, featuring interviews with industry celebrities, thought leaders, and market movers, and their Cybercrime Radio podcast channel.

Smashing Security
Smashing Security describes itself as “helpful and hilarious,” which is an apt description for this light hearted podcast on current infosec concerns, that nevertheless manages to provide expertise. Co-hosts Cluley and Theriault don’t particularly limit themselves in the topics they cover, instead casting their net over anything related to cybercrime and more.  This is one of those podcasts which you can dive right into – the presenters keep the jargon light and make a point of not patronising the listeners. Perhaps it’s this ability to balance knowledge and approachability that earned Smashing Security the title of “Best Security Podcast” at the 2018 European Security Blogger Awards.

The Shared Security Podcast
The Shared Security podcast has earned quite a reputation over the years, which makes sense because it began as much as 10 years ago, back in 2009 when the topic of cybersecurity was far from the hot topic it is today. Podcast creators Scott Wright and Tom Eston cover a lot of topics that range from IoT, mobile devices, PoS threats to more abstract topics like global politics. The result is a general source of privacy updates that are sure to be relevant to everyone’s online lifestyle. The concept behind the podcast is simple. In an interconnected world, huge numbers of people rely on platforms and technology that are “shared” like a common resource. And the only way to keep that technology safe is to educate users to know about threats to its integrity.

What is your favourite cyber security podcast? 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.


Lisa Ventura Featured in “Raise the Cybersecurity Curtain” Report

Lisa Ventura Featured in “Raise the Cybersecurity Curtain” Report

I’m very proud, humbled and honoured to be featured in #RaiseTheCybersecurityCurtain with Chris Windley talking about our predictions in cyber security for 2021. I doubt anyone could have predicted the things that have happened this year in a million years!

Thank you so much Ludmila Morozova-Buss for including me in this piece alongside so many distinguished cyber security professionals.

You can download the full report here.


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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