Ira Winkler on ISSA's Future

Association's New President Discusses Healthcare Initiative
Cybersecurity thought-leader Ira Winkler has been appointed new international president of the Information Systems Security Association. Find out about his plans for creating a healthcare special interest group.

"Primarily, what I'm trying to do now is reinvigorate ISSA," says Winkler, whose two-year terms ends in 2014.

"ISSA has pretty much had stagnant growth for countless years now," he says of the 10,000-member association. "Given the growth of the profession, we should be ... attracting younger people, attracting a wider variety of professionals. ..."

As the profession evolves, Winkler sees the ISSA stepping up to offer better global networking opportunities as well as continuing education through special initiatives. In fact, one of Winkler's first tasks is to oversee the start of two new special interest groups: One dedicated to security awareness, the other to healthcare security.

"The mission is for like-minded professionals to get together and learn from each other," Winkler says. "In the longer term, hopefully there will be training materials made available," as well as sample documents to share.

In an interview about ISSA and its 2013-2014 mission, Winkler discusses:

  • Today's top information security threats;
  • Details of ISSA's new awareness and healthcare security special interest groups;
  • How to cultivate the next generation of information security pros.

Winkler, CISSP, is author of four books, including the recently published "Spies Among Us." He is also frequently featured in major national business publications and on TV as an expert source; is a presenter at conferences including RSA, Black Hat and CSO Perspectives as well as various technical user groups and academic programs; and is the recipient of numerous industry awards. He began his career at the National Security Agency, where he served as an intelligence and computer systems analyst and moved on to support other U.S. and overseas government military and intelligence agencies. After leaving government service, he served as president of the Internet Security Advisors Group, chief security strategist for Codenomicon, chief security strategist at HP Consulting and global security strategist for CSC Consulting.

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