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Claire Williams OBE at Infosec

Navigating change and developing strong team culture will be the theme as Claire Williams OBE takes to the stage at this year’s Infosecurity Europe running from 4-6 June 2024 at ExCel London.  

Sharing practical strategies and wisdom honed through her experience of leading the Williams Formula 1 racing team, Claire Williams OBE will open day three on Thursday 6 June at 10:00am in an interview with Infosecurity Magazine’s editor, Beth Maundrill, where she will talk candidly about how to develop a strong team culture, take an organization on a big transformational project, and navigate major change.

Claire Williams OBE, led the Williams Formula 1 racing team from 2013 to 2020, one of only two women to head a Formula 1 team in the modern era. Under her leadership, Williams finished third in the World Championship for Constructors twice.  Since successfully negotiating the sale of the Williams F1 team, Williams has provided insights to organizations of all sectors and sizes on leading high-performing teams.  She is also an analyst delivering her opinion of various issues on Netflix’s hit show, Drive to Survive.

“I am delighted to be joining the keynote stage at Infosecurity.  There are so many parallels between the F1 and cybersecurity worlds – not least teams having to constantly operate in highly pressurised and fast paced environments while having to make logical, sound, and quick decisions,” says Williams. “I’ll be discussing how I have personally approached managing a team of 1,000 people in the challenging world of Formula 1 for close to a decade, as well as cultural and business transformation and gender diversity.”

“The event represents an opportunity for the cyber security profession to come together to discuss challenges and learn from others.   When it comes to engaging workforces and implementing a strong culture, an imperative for cyber security teams, it’s compelling to draw parallels with those outside of our industry and learn how they mastered it,” says Nicole Mills, Exhibition Director, Infosecurity Group.  “Claire’s experiences of embedding a strong company culture within a huge workforce whilst working within a highly pressured and stressful environment are sure to inspire and engage a cyber security audience faced with a rapidly changing and challenging environment.”

For cyber security leaders, driving a ‘cyber aware’ culture is crucial as it fosters understanding, responsibility, and resilience against evolving cyber threats. Yet, a recent report by Infosecurity Europe found that over a quarter (27%) of respondents stated a lack of communication between departments, unclear accountability and risk ownership, and issues with leadership buy-in were pitfalls in growing a cybersecurity culture within organizations.

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