Sarah Self

Chief Information Security Officer

Aviva UK

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Speaker Bio

Sarah is a talented leader specialising in, Transformational Change and Cyber Security. 

Sarah has been with Aviva for 20 years and has built an in-depth knowledge of the financial services market. Sarah was instrumental in the formulation of Aviva’s Cyber Resilience Strategy alongside the delivery of security improvements across the group. 

More broadly than Cyber security Sarah has a strong background delivering technology transformation across multiple distribution channels, including many of Aviva’s award-winning platforms. She has led large operational teams and embedded Operational Resilience.

Sarah is an advocate for diversity and inclusion, actively sponsoring initiatives both within and outside of Aviva. Sarah has a passion for people, drive for action and personal integrity. Sarah nurtures talent and enables the growth of personal resilience within her teams.

  • Finalist for the 2023 IT Leader of the Year and Security Leader of the year, as voted by Women in Technology Excellence Awards. 
  • One of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Cyber 2022, as voted by CyberGuru. 
  • UK Board member FS-ISAC

Speaker Sessions


Triad Of Resilience: Cyber, Operational & Personal: A Holistic Approach

30 mins
  • Track - Plan
  • Cybersecurity
  • Digital Transformation
  • Leadership
  • Sarah Self

    Chief Information Security Officer

    Aviva UK

Resilience is more than bounce-back ability, during this session we will look at what resilience is, how it is relevant to everything we do & how to build resilience so you can anticipate, prevent, adapt, respond to, recover, and learn from incidents and disruption.

In an era where disruptions are frequent and technology is at the heart of operations, resilience becomes paramount. Join Sarah as she navigates the intertwined realms of cyber, operational, and personal resilience, drawing from experience at the helm of tech leadership. Attendees will be taken on a transformative journey that goes beyond just the bits and bytes, delving into the heart of sustainable tech and human-centric resilience strategies

Session Key Takeaways:

  • Cyber Resilience: Understand the latest strategies to protect and recover digital assets, ensuring the continuity of business operations even in the face of sophisticated cyber threats.
  • Operational Resilience: Dive into robust frameworks that empower organisations to anticipate, prevent, adapt, respond to, recover, and learn from operational disruptions.
  • Personal Resilience: In a sector notorious for burnouts and rapid changes, explore tactics and mindfulness practices that fortify mental well-being, fostering a resilient mindset in tech professionals.
  • Managing the Triad: Learn how to weave together cyber, operational, and personal resilience, creating a comprehensive toolkit that not only safeguards the business but also nurtures its most important asset – its people.

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