Ira Winkler

Ira Winkler

One of the World’s Most Influential Security Professionals
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  • Risk Management: Security as a Cost Benefit to the Business
  • Social Engineering: The Most Common Threat to Your Organization
  • Zen and the Art of Cybersecurity
  • Beyond the Hype of Terrorism
  • Learning From the Intelligence Community

Why Book Ira Winkler?

  • One of the world's most influential security professionals

  • As a former CIA intelligence agent, National Security Agent, serial author, and the subject of many Forbes and Wall Street Journal reports, Winkler is sure to stir excitement among audience members

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    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. 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 protects 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.

    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 He has recently been elected Vice President of the Information Systems Security Association.

    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.

    He has also written the books Secrets of Super Spies and Corporate Espionage, which has been described as the bible of the Information Security field, and the best-selling Through the Eyes of the Enemy.  All three books address the threats that companies face protecting their information. Winkler has also written hundreds of professional and trade articles. He has been featured and frequently appears on TV throughout the globe. He 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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    "Ira Winkler did a fantastic job.  He was informative and entertaining. He had a very casual presentation style that made it feel more like a conversation than a presentation. His presentation was so well received that we ran out of time while fielding questions.  I had to cut people off so that we could progress with our itinerary. Very rarely has that ever occurred. We were very pleased with his work and he was just a very nice, down to earth guy."
    --Weldcoa Gas & Welding Distributors