May 24, 2017 General Meeting
This discussion will focus on how failure should not only be expected, but welcomed. Failures tell you how to improve protection and detection, and can lead to the discovery of other breaches – all supported by case studies. Such failures can also be considered part of how to respond to a data breach. There is clearly the patching, but the more important long-term issues are, what are the actual lessons learned to take away and improve security? Ira will share his Syrian Electronic Army experiences which proactively stopped attacks after learning from past attacks. Additional lessons learned from the Snowden case and others will also be examined.
Ira Winkler, CISSP is President of Secure Mentem, author of Advanced Persistent Security, and co-host of The Irari Report (www.irarireport.com). He is considered one of the world’s most influential security professionals, and has been named a “Modern Day James Bond” by the media. He 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 protect their information and computer infrastructure. He continues to perform these espionage simulations, as well as assisting organizations in developing cost effective security programs. Ira also won the Hall of Fame award from the Information Systems Security Association, as well as several other prestigious industry awards. Most recently, CSO Magazine named Ira a CSO Compass Award winner as The Awareness Crusader.
Mr. 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, he 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. Mr. Winkler is a Past President of the Information Systems Security Association, which is a 10,000+ member professional association.