What is a people centric approach?

In this episode we talk about what putting the human at the heart of a human centric approach to cyber security means to our guest.

We start with base lining human behaviour, assessing where the human risks lie, where to invest your time and resources. We talk about how Covid 19 has had an impact on education and awareness training and not just in ways that you would expect but also in terms of how it has shone a light on how we develop and deliver education and awareness programmes.

We talk about the opportunities, for CISO’s to reduce risk to their organisations by focusing on the human factor and how the industry needs to balance up the demand for STEM skills with the growing need for skills and disciplines more usually associated with the humanities.



Adenike Cosgrove is the Cybersecurity Strategist for international markets at Proofpoint, where she drives product marketing strategy across European and Asia Pacific markets. She provides expertise on key regional cybersecurity strategies such as people-centric security, risk management, data privacy, and compliance.


Prior to joining Proofpoint, Ms. Cosgrove was global product marketing lead for Email Fraud Protection at Return Path, a division acquired by Proofpoint in the summer of 2016. Earlier in her career, Ms. Cosgrove worked as a lead EMEA advisor to security and risk professionals for Forrester Research and Canalys, where she developed a deep understanding of CISO challenges, and helped clients with their cybersecurity strategies.

Ms. Cosgrove is a regular speaker at key conferences including the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit in the US and Japan, the Fortune Brainstorm conferences, the Evanta CIO Executive Summit, it-sa Germany, ISMS Spain and Hacking Human Nature live. Ms. Cosgrove’s subject matter expertise has also been featured in Business Reporter, Computer Business Review, Computing, Forbes, Intelligent CISO, SC Magazine UK, The Telegraph, GovInfo, and iTWire.

Recently recognised as one of the UK’s Most Inspiring Women in Cyber 2020, Ms. Cosgrove was also named a finalist at the Computing Security Excellence Awards 2020 in the Security Woman of the Year category.


Ms. Cosgrove holds a Masters of Research, Telecommunications from UCL (University College London) and a BSc (Hons) in Computer Engineering from the University of Hull



Key Topics 


  • Baseline assessments.
  • Information strategy to enable quick decision making and response to threats.
  • Cyber criminal tactics.
  • Human factor risks.
  • Covid 19 impact on education and awareness.
  • People centric strategy
  • Top 3 threats where the human is the target.
  • Skills required for effective education and awareness.


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