Sarah Armstrong Smith

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Cybersecurity expert Sarah Armstrong Smith was the Head of Resilience and Crisis Management before moving into her current role at Microsoft. She is also an author, where she has explored topics including crisis management and the mindset of cyber fraudsters.


Sarah Armstrong Smith is a cybersecurity expert and author who is the current EMEA Chief Security Advisor at Microsoft. In this role she has played an integral part in the company’s digital transformation and cloud adoption policies. Prior to this, she served as the Group Head of Resilience and Crisis Management at the London Stock Exchange Group. 

Sarah is also the author of two books: Effective Crisis Management and Understand the Cyber Attacker Mindset. In the former, she reflects on real-life cases to demonstrate what can go awry during a period of crisis, and what steps should be in place to respond to a crisis. In the latter,  she fuses case-study analysis and profiles of notorious cyber-attacker groups to demonstrate the importance of the human side of  cybersecurity - including how to identify and avoid manipulation by hackers. 

As a speaker, Sarah covers the intersection of the business side of cybersecurity with risk management, looking at the importance of resilience, human behaviour and the broader social and economic issues that can coincide with a digital attack.



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