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.


Lisa Ventura is an award-winning Cyber Security consultant and is the CEO and Founder of the UK Cyber Security Association (UKCSA), a membership association that is dedicated raising awareness and educating small businesses, SME’s, large corporate companies and the general public as to the importance of cyber security. Lisa is also a thought leader, author and keynote speaker and has been published in various publications globally. She is fascinated by all things related to nuclear war and loves dogs, the gym/keep fit, the rock band Queen, Freddie Mercury, sci-fi, films and TV series from the 1980s, especially American soap operas such as Dallas, Falcon Crest, Dynasty and Knots Landing.