It has been a week since I released “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume 1” and I have been overwhelmed with the response to it so far. I have had some very positive comments and feedback about it, so much so that I will be releasing “Volume 2” in 2020 in line with International Women’s Day on 8 March.

It was my original intention to use the proceeds from volume 1 (once any costs were met) to put on face to face networking events for women in the cyber security industry. I hoped that these events would be aimed more at those with a non-technical background to help them feel more at ease – I know first-hand how intimidating it can be to be at events that are very technical in nature – they can be a quite off-putting.

However, since the pandemic hit and everything has moved to being virtual, I realised that I can still achieve these events using a virtual platform instead of a face-to-face one. Therefore, all proceeds from the book once my costs for proof reading have been met will be split equally between all the contributors in the book.

This will apply for volume 2, so if you would like to consider submitting a chapter please email me via info@cybersecurityassociation.co.uk or message me via my social media channels on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook to request these. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2020.

Also, I’ve been asked why my story is not included in the book. Well, the answer to this is simple. I do not want to detract from the brilliant, amazing and inspiring women who are featured in the book and I wanted to give them a well-deserved platform instead of focusing on myself. Therefore, I just wrote the introduction/foreword rather than include my story and journey into the cyber security industry.

If anyone is interested in reading about how I got into the cyber security industry and why I do what I do, my story is on my website here – https://lisaventura.co.uk/my-journey-into-cyber-security-part-1/, split into several parts.

Thank you all again for all your support and lovely comments about “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume 1”. I will be continuing to promote the book over the coming weeks, starting with some Q&A interviews with the contributors. “The Rise of the Cyber Women: Volume 1” is available to buy from Amazon now.

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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.