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TechWomen100: What happened next for Lisa Ventura

What happened next for Lisa Ventura?

In this ongoing series, we speak to our winners about life after winning a TechWomen100 Award.

Now in their fifth year, the TechWomen100 Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of women in tech – the emerging tech talent and role models for the future.

We spoke with Lisa Ventura, who won a TechWomen100 Award in 2019.

Lisa Ventura

Lisa Ventura is an award-winning Cyber Security awareness consultant and is the CEO and Founder of the UK Cyber Security Association (UKCSA), a membership association that is dedicated to individuals and companies who actively work in cyber security in the UK.

She has over 10 years’ experience in the cyber security industry and is passionate about raising awareness of being more cyber aware in business to help prevent cyber-attacks and cyber fraud. She is a thought leader, author and keynote speaker and has been published in various publications globally. Lisa is also an advocate for women in cyber security, the cyber skills gap and neurodiversity.

How did you feel when it was announced that you’d won a TechWomen100 award?

I was in total shock when it was announced that I had won a TechWomen100 award, I couldn’t believe it! I was so honoured to win this award and to be alongside so many other amazing women in the technology industry. It was a dream come true! I was so very sorry not to be able to make the ceremony and meet everyone, my father was in ill health at the time and I couldn’t leave him – I so wish I could have been there to meet all the other amazing and inspiring women who won a TechWomen100 award.

Please tell us what has happened in your career since winning the TechWomen100 award?

Since winning my award I have been included in SC Magazine’s 50 most influential women in cyber security list, as well as shortlisted for the Inspiration Award for the Network Computing Magazine awards. Unfortunately, these awards have been postponed to October due to COVID-19. I was also due to take part as a speaker at various conferences and events including the Cloud and Cyber Expo, the Identity and Think Management Summit and Think Partners Cyber Security for Government event, but all these were postponed due to COVID-19. I have however moved to doing more webinars and speaking online, although it is not the same as the energy you get from being in a room full of inspiring and engaging people. The UK Cyber Security Association is going from strength to strength, and my first book “The Rise of the Cyber Women” is due to be published this year.

What advice would you give to someone else going through the award’s process?

Enjoy the process and if you do win, enjoy that too! I was so humbled proud and honoured to win my award, it now has pride of place on my mantlepiece.

What tips would you give to our other members to enhance their careers?

Fortune favours the bold is one of my favourite sayings – never be afraid to ask for what you want, whether it is a promotion, pay rise or more flexible working hours. What is the worst that can happen, your employer says no, and if you don’t ask you don’t get. Be bold, be brave and be the very best version of yourself.

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Lisa Ventura

Lisa Ventura | UK Cyber Security Association

Lisa Ventura

Lisa Ventura is an award-winning cyber security consultant and professional career spans over 23 years in cyber security, technology, data/analytics, software, artificial intelligence, machine learning, IT and more.

She entered the cyber security industry in 2009 when she became the Chief Operations Officer/PR & Marketing Director at Titania Ltd from 2009 to 2012, a leading cyber security software development company in the UK. Under her guidance the company was taken from a two-person start-up to a successful SME with over 20 members of staff, offices and a network of distributors and resellers globally. Since her time at Titania Ltd Lisa has used her expertise in cyber security in many other organisations including BT when she worked on their Assure Cyber product.

Lisa is a published author and has recently contributed articles to Counter Terror Business Magazine, Europa Business Magazine and the BPMA Magazine amongst others. She is currently working on a book entitled “The Rise of the Cyber Woman”, which is a collection of interviews and accounts from some of the most inspiring women in the cyber security industry today. She also has other books in the pipeline including one called “Picking Apart the Threads: How One Docu-Film About Nuclear War Influenced a Cold-War Generation. “

As the Founder and CEO of the UK Cyber Security Association, Lisa is in high demand for her expertise in cyber security. The UK Cyber Security Association is a dedicated membership association solely for individuals and organisations who actively work in the cyber security industry. In addition, the association works to raise awareness of the importance of cyber security in all businesses of all shapes and sizes and exists to educate the general public about the importance of cyber security and staying safe online. The Association will launch in 2019 and Lisa is already gaining bookings and interest as a keynote speaker at various conferences and events.

Neurodivergent and proud, Lisa is a strong advocate of all things related to neurodiversity since she was diagnosed as being #ActuallyAutistic in June 2018. She is also a strong supporter of promoting cyber security as a career path to those who are autistic and neurodivergent and is a mentor to those who are considering entering the cyber security and marketing industries. In addition, Lisa is a strong business mentor for Women in Business, Women in Cyber Security, Women in Tech and more.
Lisa has been nominated for and won numerous awards for her work over the years, and recently she was named winner of the Cyber Security Awards “Cyber Security. She was also recently included on “We Are Tech Women’s” Tech Women 100 List. This list aims to celebrate emerging talent amongst women in the tech and cyber security industries.

Lisa loves nothing more than mentoring others, being a keynote speaker at events and sharing her industry insights in the main passions that she has in cyber security, neurodiversity, business and marketing. Recently she has been a moderator at the Cloud & Cyber Expo in London and will be a moderator at this year’s Global Cyber & Cloud Expo. She is a born campaigner and campaigns tirelessly for issues that are close to her heart such as neurodiversity, early pregnancy loss/stillbirth, dementia/alzheimers, epilepsy and road safety. She has a strong and unrivalled ability to take complex security technologies and text and turn this into straightforward, jargon free language that is easy to understand. As an autistic woman in the cyber security industry, Lisa is often called upon to share her experiences of being neurodiverse and how neurodiversity can be a force for good in all areas of life through her work as a contributor to “MeDecoded“.

A lifelong learner, Lisa continually develops and enhances her skills through exhibitions, trade shows, networking events and attending conferences, courses and seminars. In her spare time she loves reading, blogging/writing, walking her beloved dog Poppy, sci-fi, films/cinema and self-development/positive thinking. She also has a strong interest in all things related to nuclear war and collects books, documentaries and films on this subject.