Hello, and thank you for stopping by!
I’m Lisa Ventura, AKA “Cyber Geek Girl”, and I’ve been writing ever since I was old enough to pick up a pen and put it to paper. These days I still write, but I put my fingers to the keyboard and type away furiously!
I am an entrepreneur, blogger and writer and I specialise in content marketing, marketing, PR and digital marketing. I am also a strong cyber security expert following my involvement in Titania Ltd, a leading cyber security software development company which I ran for some years with my ex-husband.
Following this I launched the UK Cyber Security Association (UKCSA), which is the UK’s only dedicated trade association for individuals and companies who actively work in cyber security. My strong expertise in cyber security led me to picking up the nickname of “Cyber Geek Girl”, and that is how this blog got it’s name. I’m fascinated by hacking and the pyschology of hacking, and how this relates to helping businesses and the general public stay safe online.
In addition to the UK Cyber Security Association I am also the CEO and Founder of Venture Content Marketing, PR & Digital and Venture CxO Insights, a leading publishing platform for the emerging C-suite roles that are focused on cyber security, data, analytics, digital transformation, artificial intelligence, technology and machine learning.
One of my biggest claims to fame is that I spent seven years working with Chris Tarrant, the presenter of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” at his management company (that’s a novel in itself) and I got to see “Millionaire” go from a format on paper called “Cash Mountain” to the world’s most successful game show format. It was a very exiting time! I have also met Patrick Duffy AKA “The Man From Atlantis” and who played Bobby Ewing in “Dallas”, the actor Brian Blessed and the actor Charlton Heston, among many other famous people and celebrities.
I love writing poetry and short stories in my spare time and I have read my work at numerous spoken word events in Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and London over the years. I love dogs and I am the proud owner of a gorgeous German Shepherd/husky cross dog called Poppy. She is my world, my main reason for living and she is also the best therapist that I could ever wish for! My family is also my world and my parents mean everything to me – I am very family orientated.
I also have some rather eclectic and strange interests. I have an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the band Queen and Freddie Mercury, who have seen a recent resurgence due to the huge success of the film “Bohemian Rhapsody”. I love heavy metal music and I love nothing more than listening to the likes of Status Quo, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Def Leppard, Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Guns n Roses….I could go on but I think you all get the idea! I am also fascinated by all things to do with nuclear war. I am addicted to anything with salted caramel in it. I love nothing more than writing – whether it be for my work or for pleasure.
I’ve been through several close bereavements since losing my much loved and much wanted son Francesco “Frankie” Enrico Ventura to stillbirth in November 2013, and I’ve experienced all kinds of grief – grief at losing my much loved and much wanted son, grief at losing my father in law in horrific circumstances when his doctors missed the fact he was riddled with cancer, grief at losing my precious German Shepherd Curley at the age of 12 who was like family to me, grief at losing two close cousins (one to a heart attack at a relatively young age out of the blue), grief at losing my beloved Aunty before she had even passed away from dementia, grief at losing my beloved Uncle to old age and grief at losing another cousin at the age of 42 to bowel cancer, leaving behind 4 children. All this has given me first-hand experience of all kinds of trauma, grief and loss, but I survived it all (note I am a survivor, not a victim), and I am moving forward with my shoulders back and my head held high, and I’m still here to tell the tale.
Despite the fact that I am an empty armed mother, that is, a woman who has given birth but who does not have any living children, I try to make the best of life. As the late great poet Maya Angelou famously said, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.” I plan to try and live the rest of my life, whether long or short, by that statement.
In 2018 I was diagnosed as #ActuallyAutistic, and from that moment so much made sense to me, especially why I am the way I am. I learnt to cover up the way I really was and put masks and sticking plasters over my behaviour to try and fit in and be “normal”, but I now accept that my brain is wired in a different way. Rather than work against that, I am learning to embrace it and all it gives me. It is what makes me….me.
As well as “Cyber Geek Girl” I have started another blog called “Life Body Soul Spirit“, which focuses on finding inner peace in an ever changing and chaotic world. I have a huge interest in positive thinking, mindfulness and anything to do with mind, body and spirit” so I created a separate platform for me to write about those subjects.
So what is “Cyber Geek Girl”?
“Cyber Geek Girl” is a collection of articles, posts, reviews, interviews and more on a variety of different topics and subjects that give my readers a window to my life. I have also included topics that I have strong experience in such as cyber security, business and marketing, and it also has some “fun” elements to it.
My aim with “Cyber Geek Girl” is to pass on interesting information, reviews, hints and tips that I have learned over the years to anyone who finds this blog. It covers many aspects of my life that I am passionate about, and it has grown and developed into a strong and informative resource, especially in business, entrepreneurship, cyber security and technology.
I hope you all enjoy this blog, please feel free to leave comments or feedback on my posts, I would love to hear from you.
Lisa Ventura – AKA “Cyber Geek Girl” xx