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.

WannaCry: Sometimes you can blame the victims

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.

Security pros are their own worst enemy

Security pros are their own worst enemy

Just when the world seems ready to listen to us, we give it a display of epic bickering.

Protection is dead. Long live detection.

Protection is dead. Long live detection.

As critical as it is, protection will fail. You need robust detection as well.

10 things to know if you’re just getting started with Pokémon Go

10 things to know if you’re just getting started with Pokémon Go

Not everything is obvious to new playersImage by Niantic / PokémonI wouldn’t have loaded Pokémon Go on my cellphone if I had known more about how it works. My intention was to kill some time while I was traveling and help my children...

Pokémon Go: Into the real world, with real crime

Pokémon Go: Into the real world, with real crime

The game is getting its players off the couch, which already wasn’t safe from the bad guys.

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.

Charges against Iranian hackers are ignorant, cowardly and dangerous

Charges against Iranian hackers are ignorant, cowardly and dangerous

Iranian and Chinese governments directed and funded attacks, so why are Iranian and Chinese citizens being charged instead of the governments that directed their actions?

Ouch! Apple’s free publicity could backfire

Ouch! Apple’s free publicity could backfire

Apple is trying to position itself as a staunch defender of citizens’ privacy. But when you extend its arguments to their logical conclusion, it comes out looking like the company is incapable of protecting its secrets.

5 facts about Apple and the terrorist’s iPhone

5 facts about Apple and the terrorist’s iPhone

The truth behind the hype and misunderstandings surrounding the case.

The CSI Effect comes to RSA Conference

The CSI Effect comes to RSA Conference

The conference organizers didn’t expect the outrage that followed the scheduling of a session on the TV series CSI: Cyber. They should have, though.

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