Sarah Armstrong-Smith is treasured for becoming the Chief Security Advisor for Microsoft within their Europe sector. Having taken the industry by storm for many years, she has developed vast expert knowledge and experience on important topics such as cybersecurity and crisis management. Named on the ComputerWeekly’s longlist of the UK’s Most Influential Tech Leaders 2023, Sarah’s remarkable career has allowed her to be recognised as a ‘Distinguished Speaker’ by Microsoft, a positive recognition provided by their Executive Briefing Centre. When looking to hire a passionate data and privacy speaker to attend your future events, look no further than Sarah today.
An extremely successful tech professional, Sarah began her remarkable career by becoming a Business Continuity Analyst at Thames Water. Recognised for her hard-working mentality, she developed a keen interest in crisis management after working on their Millennium Bug programme, a role which shaped her entire career journey. Following this role, Sarah discovered the interesting world of technology, introducing her to the topics of data protection and disaster discovery. Advancing upon her career, she fulfilled high-profile roles such as becoming the Manager of Technology Risk Services at Ernst & Young, the Head of Continuity & Resilience for Enterprise & Cyber Security for Fujitsu, and the proud Group Head of Business Resilience & Crisis Management for the prestigious London Stock Exchange Group.
Empowering women globally to enter the STEM industries, Sarah is now working as the Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft. Having transformed the world of technology throughout her career, she is treasured for her calm approach to crisis management, problem-solving, and resilience. Devoted to educating audiences on the continuous advancements that continue to be made throughout the industry, Sarah has released her debut book ‘Effective Crisis Management: A Robust A-Z Guide for Demonstrating Resilience by Utilizing Best Practices, Case Studies and Experiences’ which reached number two in the Amazon Best Selling list. Most recently, she has also published ‘Understand the Cyber Attacker Mindset: Build a Strategic Security Program to Counteract Threats’. A valued member of the tech community, Sarah has become a must-see speaker for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. In 2023, Sarah was named a finalist for Cyber Citizen of the Year by The National Cyber Awards.
Widely recognised as one of the Most Influential Women in UK Tech, Sarah Armstrong-Smith is now highly sought-after to attend speaking engagements internationally. Devoting her career to informing organisations that technology can advance your digital business strategies, her specialist knowledge and experience are admired by professionals in several industries. Having been named on the ComputerWeekly’s longlist of the UK’s Most Influential Tech Leaders 2023, Sarah is one of the leading voices on the technology speaker’s circuit. When looking to hire an enthusiastic technology speaker to attend your next event, do not hesitate in hiring Sarah today!
Sarah Armstrong-Smith is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:
“Sarah was very professional and spoke with ease and conviction on IT security and it was evident that she is a subject matter expert. She delivered on the spec that was provided and discussed a detailed insight into her career and the future of the IT sector. She arrived with plenty of time and caught up with the team, then spent a goof time afterwards in the networking session talking and I believe enjoyed the discussions. Please thank Sarah it was good to meet her and then see her over the weekend on Sky News!”
“I want to thank you for joining us this morning, especially at such short notice. The content covered in your presentation was absolutely spot-on- there were some poignant examples and excellent take-home points. Thank you also for pitching it so eloquently for our sector. Whilst cybersecurity is on the minds of the SLT, I’m still not entirely convinced it’s getting the full attention and investment required and we are keen to make sure those conversations are taking place… thank you from my team and I”
“Thank you for presenting at the National Information Security Conference last week. Your presentation was exceptionally well received, and the feedback has been fantastic – thank you for doing such a sterling job (as always).”