Welcome to the Spotlight Series featuring cybersecurity experts and Insider Risk Management leaders that are presenting at the upcoming 2022 Insider Risk Summit next week.


We sat down with speaker Courtney Adante, President of Teneo Risk Advisory at Teneo.

What are the biggest takeaways you hope attendees walk away following your session?

Courtney: My session (hopefully!) offers up a simple and user-friendly framework to implement an Insider Risk Program within any organization. Think of this as a way to quickly jump start Insider Risk Management - with an understanding that highly regulated sectors have a much more stringent process.

What do you think is the biggest misconception about Insider Risk?

Courtney: I often think businesses and managers feel that spinning up an Insider Risk Management program is overly complicated, controversial and challenging, but it definitely doesn’t have to be. It is such an important piece protecting an organization and lots of organizations don’t think it will happen to them, and tend to ignore the problem.

What do you think is most exciting about the security industry today?

Courtney: There is a lot more focus on the importance of security programs, which I think has been significantly amplified by work-from-home and the sheer number and media attention on ransomware attacks and security breaches over the last several years.

Cybersecurity used to be reserved and centralized within the ‘IT team’ – now even our grandparents talk about cybersecurity!

What area in security or business gets a lot of attention but doesn't really have as much meaningful impact on security posture or business outcomes?

Courtney: This is a tricky question to answer without offending one or another part of the business. Security is often seen as a cost center and a ‘grudge purchase’, versus a proactive and preventative spend to protect the business, brand, people and reputation of an organization. We should be talking about security as a resilience factor and prioritize funding here.

What was your proudest moment as a security professional? Or, what was your most challenging moment?

Courtney: My career in security really started about 6 years ago when I took over as President of Risk Advisory at Teneo. Prior to this my focus had been management consulting and business strategy advisory. I met former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton when he arrived at Teneo as Executive Chair of the Teneo Risk division, and shortly after our first meeting he asked if I had an interest to work directly with him to get the division up and running. I couldn’t have been more thrilled and he has been a terrific mentor and leader.

What’s the best book you’ve read recently or best show/movie you’ve watched recently?

Courtney: I just finished the book Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. It was written in 2014, well before the pandemic, but the parallels and considerations for how bad things could have been during our real life pandemic are absolutely uncanny. I finished it in a weekend and highly recommend the book, not the TV show!

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The Insider Risk Summit, the industry’s leading conference on Insider Risk Management (IRM), brings together security leaders and practitioners and industry experts to learn, interact and share best practices in the IRM space. More than just one moment in time–the Insider Risk Summit is a community of organizations and security professionals that understand collaboration, productivity and enablement of users while meeting data security challenges. In its inaugural year in 2020, more than 2,000 security professionals registered for the event, which is held annually in September during Insider Threat Awareness month. For the most up-to-date news about the Insider Risk Summit and the IRM community, go to insiderrisksummit2022.com or follow along on LinkedIn and Twitter.