Ira Winkler

Contributing Columnist

Ira Winkler, CISSP, is president of Secure Mentem, and author of the forthcoming book, Advanced Persistent Security. He can be contacted at securementem.com.

What business can learn from the Equifax data breach

How safe are your passwords? Real life rules for businesses to live by

How safe are your passwords? Real life rules for businesses to live by

While people applaud easier password guidance from NIST, easier is not better. Here’s what you need to consider when creating a company password policy.

4 tips to make use of Wannacry in awareness programs

4 tips to make use of Wannacry in awareness programs

When security events make news, you can take advantage of the wake-up call — if you know what to do.

8 ways millennials impact your security awareness program

8 ways millennials impact your security awareness program

The millennial generation has arrived. Is your awareness program up to the challenge?

Hack Back law would create cyber vigilantes

Hack Back law would create cyber vigilantes

The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act revision demonstrates what happens when you rely upon limited information and a cowboy mentality.

What prevents breaches: process, technology or people? One answer is PC, and one is right.

What prevents breaches: process, technology or people? One answer is PC, and one is right.

Many experts say that people are more important than process in the IT security world. That is politically correct, as opposed to actually correct.

At Dulles, a security awareness success story

At Dulles, a security awareness success story

The detention of Norway’s former prime minister, when stripped of politics, was an example of proper security awareness.

What awareness is supposed to be

What awareness is supposed to be

Recent W-2 and accounts payable thefts show governance should be the cornerstone of awareness.

Meet the hacker taking over ISIS twitter accounts

Meet the hacker taking over ISIS twitter accounts

In the last week, Wauchula Ghost has been attracting even more attention as he has been successfully compromising the twitter accounts of ISIS sympathizers, and posting gay porn on those accounts in retaliation for the Orlando...

9 reasons why your security awareness program sucks

9 reasons why your security awareness program sucks

I have come to the conclusion that most awareness programs are just very bad, and that like all security countermeasures, there will be an inevitable failing.

Crying ‘Wolf!’ seems to work for security

Crying ‘Wolf!’ seems to work for security

Breaches that weren’t have gotten a lot of attention — and that’s not such a bad thing.

Did NSA underestimate the insider threat?

Did NSA underestimate the insider threat?

In this edition of the Irari Report, Ira Winkler and Araceli Treu Gomes continue their interview of Chris Inglis, former Deputy Director of NSA. In this segment, they focus on how an organization that is so aware of the insider threat...

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