Technology speaker Sarah Armstrong-Smith is the Chief Security Advisor Microsoft. She is a passionate speaker on a wide range of themes including business & ICT continuity, cybersecurity, AI, STEM, data protection, risk management and resilience.
Operating at the forefront of the cybersecurity industry, technology speaker, Sarah Armstrong-Smith, is the Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft. She has led a long and impactful career, guiding businesses through digital attacks and teaching organisations how to protect their data. Specialising in disaster recovery, crisis management and female representation in STEM. She is much in demand as a powerful addition to technology and inclusion conferences alike.
In early 2020, Sarah was appointed the Chief Security Advisor within Microsoft’s Europe sector. She works in digital transformation and cloud adoption, two topics popular at corporate events and conferences. Working with customers across Europe, Sarah offers valuable advice on cybersecurity strategies, ensuring stronger defences against attackers.
Sarah’s previous professional positions include Group Head Business Resilience & Crisis Management at The London Stock Exchange Group and Head Continuity & Resilience, Enterprise & Cyber Security at Fujitsu. Such high-profile roles earned Sarah a place in the Most Influential Women in UK Tech and Most Influential Women in Cybersecurity. As a speaker, Sarah is passionate about empowering women in STEM industries. She is also a Fellow of the British Computer Society.
As hybrid working increases, adding Sarah as a speaker to your event, helps inform and protect participants against scams. She can supply market-leading guidance on common security threats and prepare businesses for any future attacks. With a passion for challenging the status quo, her leading insight into technology and security is truly ground-breaking.
In 2022 Sarah released her first book, Effective Crisis Management. Her next publication, Understand the Cyber Attacker Mindset, with a foreword by Lisa Forte, is due out in March 2024.
Sarah has starred on a panel for Sky News, speaking on cyber warfare and how technology is changing the battlefield. In 2023, Sarah’s achievements saw her achieve recognition on ComputerWeekly’s longlist of the UK’s Most Influential Tech Leaders 2023.
From PR to privacy and data protection, Sarah can discuss a wide range of topics relating to cybersecurity. She can also address how Artificial Intelligence will impact the future of security and how AI works in collaboration with humans in the work place. Sarah works extensively with SMEs and is a Board Advisor for several groups including e2e-Assure and Vaultree. Whether she is booked for large conferences or intimate corporate events, Sarah’s advice is grounded in years of experience with some of the biggest businesses in finance, insurance and technology.
Sarah has extensive experience in the human aspect of cybersecurity, a topic she now explores at conferences to showcase the pressing issue. With her holistic approach to crisis management, your organisation is in safe hands with Sarah. In 2022, Sarah was recognised as a ‘Distinguished Speaker’ by Microsoft, which is the highest accolade provided by the Executive Briefing Center, and an individual can only win this award once. In addition to being a Distinguished Speaker, Sarah has among the highest average evaluation scores from visiting customers among all global speakers. She speaks passionately about the ‘human-aspects’ of cyber and building trust and transparency.
“Brilliant insights today … interesting talk by Sarah Armstrong-Smith” JP Corry, Founder, MD Growth Unlimited
“Thank you once again … fantastic speaker Sarah Armstrong-Smith” Outsource UK