Cyber Attack Wargaming - Top 100 Women in Tech Winner, Lisa Forte, CEO Red Goat

Lisa Forte deservedly won the top 100 Women in Tech award for 2018 for her work combating cyber-crime.

She is an inspirational public speaker and a tenacious entrepreneur. Her business Red Goat Cyber Security helps businesses combat cyber crime. If you want to play at cyber wargaming in the office to prepare for malicious attacks she is the lady to call. Her previous experience working to combat Somali Pirate attacks on shipping and then for the British government have made her a real expert in the space.

Lisa’s attitudes toward life and learning are as infectious as they are brilliant. I can’t recommend her more highly.

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Top Tips

1. Learn Skills that Interest You

since recording this I’ve read a book called mastery which actually speaks about developing various talents that you’re just bloody interested in which you can then combine into your own unique skill set. I think Lisa’s example of becoming great at photoshop and public speaking along with getting a deep knowledge of cybercrime was genius. She’s perfectly set herself to start a great business just by following her interests in seemingly completely unrelated fields. and further to that it gives you an all-important story to tell which is key for public speaking or just getting people to remember you.

2. Find Solutions by Going out of the Box

Lisa used Hypnotherapy to convince herself she was excited to go on stage rather than anxious. Now, this is just so awesome and not a tip I’ve ever heard someone use before. If you’ve read one book about public speaking you’ve read them all. but if you go into completely different fields you might learn something. As Lisa says with this podcast it's really nice to hear from types of people you’d never normally listen to but actually find things you’d of never thought that can actually help. Like who’d of thought Lisa a Cybercrime and social engineering specialist would be giving us a public speaking masterclass.

3. Protect yourself Online - Don’t trust anyone

Hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated and aren’t just doing crazy things with code to get to you, they’ll often exploit human vulnerabilities by just becoming your friend and finding ways to physically get in. so have some strict policies about who can do what and don’t allow yourself to make any sacrifices along the lines of, oh I’m sure just for you it will be alright. because if your 99% certain you really don’t want to be the lemon that happens to let in that dubious 1%

And of course, don’t use the same password for everything and use a password manager


No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 - climbing

An awesome book that will put you off climbing even a slightly snowy hill. It’s a nail-biting read and a huge example of mental courage and human resilience.

If you enjoy it and want to go on an adventurous reading journey then other similar books would be Touching the Void and Endurance by Alfred Lansing.

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Lisa Links

Red Goat -

Lisa Forte - LinkedIn