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.

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.
It’s Okay Not To Be Okay…..

It’s Okay Not To Be Okay…..

Yesterday morning I happened to spot a post on Facebook about a chap I met back when I founded the Worcestershire Literary Festival and who I knew from the Worcester Writers’ Circle, Kieran Davis. He had apparently gone missing on Monday, and no-one had heard from him. I shared the post to my Facebook in case anyone had seen him or had any news as to his whereabouts, but I had a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. It turned out that feeling was correct – Kieran had passed away – https://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/18209149.brother-missing-worcester-man-says-died/

I was so shocked and stunned when I heard the news, and I still can’t believe he has gone.

When I lost my much loved and much wanted son Frankie in 2013 to stillbirth Kieran messaged me often on Facebook to check how I was doing, and he helped me as I went through the worst time of my life. He sent me funny poems “to make me smile and laugh” and told me that I would smile and laugh again one day…and he was right. I will never, ever forget that.

Kieran was an extremely talented writer and poet, and always made everyone laugh. I wish I had just a tiny bit of his writing talent. His “Baldy Poems” were hilarious, and his humour was infectious. He always made me smile and laugh, and a light has gone out of the world with his passing. I can’t even imagine what his family are going through right now, and my thoughts and prayers are with them all.

Today, as I try to process what has happened to Kieran, I’ve got this to say to you all and to anyone who is struggling.

Whether you are male, female, or however you identify yourself, but I say this especially to men….it is okay to NOT be okay. It is okay to admit that you are struggling, that you need help, that you need someone to talk to.

I’ve been there where I have felt like the only way out is to not be here anymore. I have honestly thought about what the best way would be to leave this earth. I couldn’t see past the pain I was feeling inside and felt that everyone around me would be much better off without me, and that everyone’s life would be better if I simply didn’t exist.

Somehow, thanks to talking and to my amazing husband, family and friends, and thanks to having counselling, I saw past the pain. I saw a future. I saw that I was wrong about everyone being better off without me. I realised that they would be better off WITH me. I realised that I matter, and that life is worth living.

Men especially are particularly vulnerable given that they are brought up to not show their feelings, to never cry, to have a “stiff upper lip” and just get on with things, no matter how much they are struggling and hurting inside. Sadly it is too late for Kieran, but I don’t want it to be too late for anyone else I know.

Please please…..if you are struggling and you need to talk to someone…contact me. My messenger is always open and I’m always happy to listen. None of you need to feel that you are suffering in silence or suffering alone, even if you feel like you are alone.

I promise you this. You are NOT alone. People care….I care. Talk to me, talk to anyone. Don’t keep things to yourself. Don’t suffer in silence….ever.

#ItsGoodToTalk ❤️❤️ 

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.