Lisa Ventura

CEO & Founder, UK Cyber Security Association


You don't need to have a technical background to get into STEM.

What do you do?

I run a membership/trade association for individuals and organisations that actively work and operate in the cyber security industry. I am also an author, blogger and keynote speaker in the tech and cyber security industries.

Why did you choose this field?

I entered the tech/cyber security industry in 2009 when I joined Titania Ltd after a career in the entertainment industry working with Chris Tarrant, the presenter of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire". My ex-husband was an ethical hacker and I was fascinated by his work - this is what led me to entering the industry.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Winning the Outstanding Contribution to Cyber Security award from SC Magazine in 2019. I had never won a thing in my life until that moment, and I realised that women did have a place in the cyber security and tech industries despite it being a very male dominated arena.

Why do you love working in STEM?

Making a positive and huge difference with cyber security awareness training and education. If I can stop just one business or one employee clicking on a phishing email link, or if I get one business or employee thinking about their cyber hygiene, that is a huge achievement for me.

Best advice for next generation?

You don't need to have a technical background to get into STEM. I don't have a technical background, and yet I am an award winning cyber security awareness consultant and the CEO & Founder of a large membership association in cyber security.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Fortune favours the bold.”

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