Importance of Cyber-Education | Echoworx Talking Security @ CCSE Ep. 6

Importance of Cyber-Education | Echoworx Talking Security @ CCSE Ep. 6


(upbeat music) – My name is Lisa Ventura, I’m the CEO and founder of the UK
Cyber Security Association. It’s a membership
organization for individuals and companies within cybersecurity. I’ve been in the industry since 2009 and while there are a lot of organizations that have cyber as part of them, they also do a lot of
other things as well. And so I thought that I
would create an entity that just focuses purely on cybersecurity. I still find there’s a big
head in the sand approach to cybersecurity,
particularly in businesses and permission statement
in the ethos of the UK CSA is that cybersecurity is
everyone’s responsibility. And everybody has a mandate to be safe, be sure and be secure in
everything that they’re doing in their working lives but also in their personal lives as well because obviously
cybersecurity and the Internet is so much a part of our daily lives 24/7. We have a very general message which is the be safe, be sure, be secure and to educate every
individuals and companies about the importance of cybersecurity and obviously being as
cyber aware as possible and taking responsibility for it. We’re doing a lot to target
women in cybersecurity. We do a lot of work about
the cyber skills gap because unless there are really
strongly trained individuals to have combat the cyber threat, obviously things are
only going to go one way. So we do a lot in terms
of raising awareness of cybersecurity as a career, right from college, you
know school, college, you know upwards as a career progression. Following on from that, I do a lot of work as
well in terms of reaching the neurodiverse population. Those that might be autistic or have ADHD or other challenges like that. I’m actually neurodiverse myself and was diagnosed being on the
autistic spectrum last year and people that are neurodiverse tend to be very well matched
to careers in cybersecurity because they’re very analytical, like things in a certain order and can spot patterns and things that are out of
the ordinary very quickly. So training those people for
a career in cybersecurity, for them to enter the marketplace is a really really excellent way of improving the cyber skills gap. And where I live in in Worcester where there’s a big concentration of cybersecurity companies. We’re known as Cyber Valley
in Malvern in Worcestershire. I want to give a shout
out to Dr. Emma Philpott. Through her community cybersecurity center she takes in about eight to 10 different neurodiverse
individuals to train them for careers in cybersecurity. So there’s some really,
really great initiatives coming out of where I
live in Worcestershire at the moment as well. (upbeat music)

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