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Infosec looks at cybercriminal mindset

Ex-Olympian, author and journalist, Matthew Syed will be putting the cybercriminal mindset under the spotlight at this year’s Infosecurity Europe ( as he takes to the stage as keynote speaker on day two of the event.

Syed will take to the stage for a presentation on ‘black box thinking’ at Infosecurity Europe at 10:00 on Wednesday 21st June 2023.  Visitors can expect to learn about unlocking their untapped potential and how adopting a performance mindset can accelerate innovation and future-proof the organisation.  His talk will cover how cognitive diversity and black box thinking can be a competitive advantage in the fight against cybercriminals.  

“Every year we strive to bring a variety of inciting, inspirational and innovative speakers to the stage, not simply to share cyber security awareness, but to set the tone for the event and explore critical ideas,” says Nicole Mills, Exhibition Director, Infosecurity Group.  “Matthew Syed is yet another vibrant example of how different worlds collide, but how mindset and the ability to adapt, collaborate and drive innovation, can help secure a future-proofed environment.”  

Syed was the England table tennis number one for almost a decade and is now a multi-award-winning journalist for The Times and The Sunday Times and a regular contributor to television and radio.  He is also the author of seven bestsellers on high performance - including Black Box Thinking, Bounce, The Greatest and Rebel Ideas.  The latter brings to bear insights from psychology, anthropology, and data science to uncover the best-kept secrets of the world’s most successful teams. Syed specialises in guiding organisations to build a mindset of continuous improvement in our fast-changing interconnected world.  

“To quote my book, ‘Black Box Thinking’ is about the willingness and tenacity to investigate the lessons that often exist when we fail, but which we rarely exploit,” says Syed.  “It is about creating systems and cultures that enable organizations to learn from errors, rather than being threatened by them.”

The announcement comes hot on the heels of the news of a raft of reputed speakers including, champion sprinter, Michael Johnson and cyber security analyst and author, Keren Elazari, as Infosec continues to unveil a stellar line-up.  

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