Cybercrime , Fraud Management & Cybercrime

Defenders Must Think Like Attackers

Online Attacks Increasingly Target Users, Warns Proofpoint's Adenike Cosgrove
Adenike Cosgrove, cybersecurity strategist for EMEA, Proofpoint

Never underestimate the human factor in attacks. Indeed, especially as organizations shift more resources to the cloud, many of today's top attacks - from malware to phishing - will require some level of interaction from victims. But attackers, using services such as LinkedIn and Google, and becoming better and better armed.

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"Criminals are shifting their techniques and tactics. They're targeting people - they're targeting the users within our businesses," says Adenike "Nikki" Cosgrove of Proofpoint.

In a video interview at the 2018 Infosecurity Europe conference in London, Cosgrove discusses:

  • How threat actors are increasingly targeting people, not infrastructure;
  • The gap between how security teams view their organization and how attackers approach their targets;
  • How to stop today's increasingly specialized, socially engineered cyberattacks across email, social media channels and cloud applications.

Cosgrove is the cybersecurity strategist for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Proofpoint. Previously, Adenike was the lead EMEA senior adviser to security and risk professionals at Forrester Research, and service head for enterprise security services at Canalys.


About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.




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