Ira Winkler


Internet Security Advisor Group

Ira Winkler, CISSP is President of the Internet Security Advisors Group. He is considered one of the world’s most influential security professionals, and has been named a ”Modern Day James Bond” by the media. Ira Winkler did this by performing espionage simulations, where he physically and technically ”broke into” some of the largest companies in the World and investigating crimes against them, and telling them how to cost effectively protects their information and computer infrastructure. Ira Winkler continues to perform these espionage simulations, as well as assisting organizations in developing cost effective security programs. Ira Winkler also won the Hall of Fame award from the Information Systems Security Association, as well as several other prestigious industry awards.

Ira Winkler is also author of the riveting, entertaining, and educational books, Spies Among Us and Zen and the Art of Information Security. He was also a columnist for Ira Winkler has recently been elected Vice President of the Information Systems Security Association.

Ira Winkler began his career at the National Security Agency, where he served as an Intelligence and Computer Systems Analyst. He moved onto support other US and overseas government military and intelligence agencies. After leaving government service, Ira Winkler went on to serve as President of the Internet Security Advisors Group, Chief Security Strategist at HP Consulting, and Director of Technology of the National Computer Security Association. He was also on the Graduate and Undergraduate faculties of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.

Ira Winkler has also written the book Corporate Espionage, which has been described as the bible of the Information Security field, and the best-selling Through the Eyes of the Enemy. Both books address the threats that companies face protecting their information. Ira Winkler has also written hundreds of professional and trade articles. He has been featured and frequently appears on TV on every continent. Ira Winkler has also been featured in magazines and newspapers including Forbes, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Planet Internet, and Business 2.0.

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Zen and the Art of Information Security

While some topics in the Information and Cybersecurity fields seem to be overdiscussed, there are many topics that are not covered well, because they seem almost too basic. Ira Winkler contends that the biggest problems we face in security arise from security practitioners forgetting, or having never been taught, the basics of their profession. For example, how many security managers find they get the budgets they deserve, and not the budgets they need? How many security managers find that they waste too much time preparing for massive attacks, yet are constantly dealing with many small problems, that independently appear to be inconsequential, but in total are more massive than the massive attacks they are preparing for? This presentation does not intend to teach you a technical aspect of your job, but gets you to rethink the fundamental nature of your job.