Lisa Forte

Cyber security, insider threat and social engineering expert

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Lisa Forte is an expert on the human side of cybersecurity and social engineering. In 2018, she won the “Top 100 Women In Tech” Awards recognising her achievements and contributions to the cyber security industry.

She delivers dynamic and engaging presentations based on her expert personal experiences of dealing with cybercrime cases and the research she has done into how cyber criminals use psychological principles in their activities. An experienced cyber security trainer, Lisa Forte knows how to effectively communicate her message to all types of audience in a lively, informative and engaging manner.

Lisa Forte began her career in counter-terrorism intelligence for a UK Government agency before moving into one of the UK Police Cybercrime Units dealing with serious cybercrime cases both in the UK and abroad. Through these experiences she has gained a unique insight into darker side of human nature and has led to her becoming one of the leading experts on cybercrime cases involving social engineering and psychological manipulation.

Lisa founded a cyber security company in 2017 to teach companies about the methodologies used by cyber criminals. Her areas of expertise include social engineering, the psychology of persuasion, insider threats and rehearsing for a cyber attack. She has conducted groundbreaking research into the psychology behind insider threats and created the first ever GCHQ certified social engineering course.

Lisa Forte has appeared on national and international radio and is a frequent contributor to BBC news and similar news publications. She has also been recognised for her pro-bono work with charities and the UK National Health Service. She also works closely with the Women’s Tech Hub helping to increase diversity in the tech sector.

Lisa has been actively involved in helping the legal sector develop cyber defences which reflect the needs of the industry. She has written articles for regional law society publications and does pro-bono work in cyber education via the Bristol Law Society. She also frequently writes for business publications and appears as a guest on many business podcasts.

Speech Topics

Lisa Forte is an experienced cybercrime keynote speaker addressing audiences around the world on cybercrime, insider threats and social engineering.

Her natural enthusiasm and engaging style of speaking means she can communicate complex topics in an understandable way and insightful manner, leaving audiences with some powerful key takeaways.

Lisa’s core areas of expertise include:
• Cybercrime and information security 
• Social engineering and intelligence gathering 
• Counter-terrorism and online radicalisation 
• Social Media 
• Women in security

Lisa can build her presentation to suit each client’s event. Her most popular talks include the following:

Unmasking The Insider Threat
A shocking look at the world of insider threats. Lisa walks you through her own research and alarming findings. You will hear about real cases of insider threats and how to build an insider threat program that works.

How I Destroyed a Country’s Maritime Industry in 3 Days
Lisa ran a cyber attack wargame for an EU state to test how they would respond. Learn what mistakes they made that led to their downfall in just 3 days.

Real Cases of Social Engineering: Hackers, Competitors & Insiders
Lisa talks the audience through an impressive and terrifying case of social engineering that she worked on. Learn that sometimes the attacker could be a competitor.

Hunting The Hackers: How Cyber Criminals Operate
Lisa shares her experience of how cyber criminal gangs operate, how they hide from law enforcement and how they have HR departments too.

The Dark Side of Social Engineering
Lisa examines techniques employed by cults and the Mafia and demonstrates how we are all vulnerable. Learn important lessons from these examples to secure your company!

Recent Speaking Engagements Include:
IPExpo Europe, London Law Expo, Secure Computing Forum Ireland, iShipping conference, Denmark, MarineTech, China, TEISS 2019, London Security Expo, Women of Silicon Roundabout and Scot Secure UK.


Lisa ran a highly entertaining workshop. The event was over- subscribed and received great feedback from our staff, who found it both fun and seriously thought- provoking. Lisa was a very engaging presenter and facilitator, and we will certainly be calling on her talents in the future to help us maintain awareness of the threat from cyber criminals.


Lisa not only knows her subject inside out, but has an incredible way of delivering her message in an engaging, thought provoking, intelligent and informative way. One that has the audience hooked and waiting for more. At every event Lisa has been involved in with me the audience can't get enough - the queues of delegates trying to speak to her at the end of the session speaks volumes!

Digital Ship Conferences.

Lisa was one of the most popular and engaging speakers at TEISS 2019. Lacing humour and intrigue with her real case studies of social engineering, she certainly knows how to capture a room. We highly recommend her!


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