Sarah Polan

Field CTO


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Speaker Bio

Sarah Polan is currently the EMEA Field CTO at HashiCorp where she leads executive advisory for customers in multi-cloud strategy and adoption. With a background in security, and as a leader in the Financial Services Industry, she previously focused on containerized workloads, cloud identity, and secrets management. She aims to elevate strategic conversation surrounding cloud adoption and improve the balance between technical enablement, velocity, and security.

Fun Fact: Before Sarah joined the tech industry, she trained as an opera singer.

Speaker Sessions


Scalable Teams For Security And Velocity

30 mins
  • Track - Implement
  • Transformation
  • Workforce
  • Sarah Polan

    Field CTO


As an industry, we are always looking for the latest and greatest to lower cost and risk and increase velocity. For every new threat, vulnerability, technology challenge, there is a new tool. But new tools mean higher cost, more complexity, and ultimately, more attack vectors. So how do we address these issues?

People and processes are the key. We’ll address how to build scalable teams which will simultaneously improve your IT landscape and your cyber security posture.

Cyber security is an increasingly important topic, but we also know that the speed of iteration is key to the productivity of a team. The way we are looking at both of these things isn’t working, and we need to take a more holistic approach by zooming out and looking at more variables.

Session Key Takeaways:

  • The unpredictability of humans can be an asset, especially when threat modelling
  • The misperception of risk can be mitigated by diversity
  • The composition of your teams can ultimately help you scale your organisation

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