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Ira Winkler

Ira Winkler, CISSP, is currently Chief Security Strategist at TechnoDyne. He consults to some of the largest corporations in the world, providing strategic consulting services, such as CISO trusted advisor services, high visibility security assessment services, and awareness training.

Ira began at the National Security Agency, where he performed in a wide variety of positions for US and foreign intelligence agencies. He then moved on to the private sector.

Ira served as Director of Technology at the National Computer Security Association, overseeing their industry leading Anti-Virus product certification program, and establishing their Firewall certification program. He continued to perform consulting services.

Ira formed the Internet Security Advisors Group, which became a leading boutique security firm, primarily serving the Fortune 50. The company was essentially acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2001, and Ira served as Chief Security Strategist in HP Consulting.

Ira also taught graduate and undergraduate courses at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.

Ira speaks at ISSA meetings around the world. His presentations attract record attendance at many of the events. He also regular contributes to ComputerWorld and other industry publications. Ira received the ISSA Hall of Fame award.

Statement of Goals

I can come up with lofty goals, as many candidates will, however the reality is that few lofty goals are actually achieved by candidates after they are elected. Likewise, even with the best intentions, a wide variety of unpredictable circumstances prevent board members from achieving their goals. Therefore, the only real goal I tout is:

  • Exercise good judgment as I make decisions that affect ISSA members, while remembering that our general membership comes first.

Over the last two terms, I have promoted ISSA at large venues such as Black Hat, RSA and similar events. I pushed for the return of the ISSA Conference, which did return in 2010, and supported a wide variety of events for ISSA Chapters. I have helped chapters achieve record attendance at their events, while growing their membership. Frankly, I intend to do this whether or not I am reelected, but would have more opportunities to support chapters while serving as a Director.

In the end, my overall goal is to increase the value of ISSA members to the members.

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