Oct 5, 2020
Ira Winkler: You CAN Stop Stupid
Play • 1 hr 25 min




It tells me that goose-stepping morons like yourself should try reading books instead of BURNING them

 -- Henry Jones, Sr – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade



If you like my opinions, you'll love my latest book. If youdon't like my opinions, I encourage you to buy 3 copies of the book, so you have the satisfaction of burning them. 

 -- Ira Winkler - LinkedIN



On this week’s InSecurity, Matt Stephenson speaks with Ira Winkler, president of Secure Mentem and author of multiple books, including You CAN Stop Stupid. We take a frank look at the people and systems involved in the world of cybersecurity and look to point out what is stupid about all of it and what can be done to stop stupid behavior and fix stupid systems.



About Ira Winkler



Ira Winkler (@irawinkler) is President of Secure Mentem and Author of the forthcoming books, You Can Stop Stupid and Security Awareness for Dummies. He is considered one of the world’s most influential security professionals and was named “The Awareness Crusader” by CSO magazine in receiving their CSO COMPASS Award. Ira is one of the foremost experts in the human elements of cyber security and is known for the extensive espionage and social engineering simulations that he has conducted for Fortune 500 companies globally.

He continues to perform these espionage simulations, as well as assisting organizations in developing cost effective security programs. He and his work have been featured in a variety of media outlets including CNN, The Wall St Journal, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, Forbes, among other outlets throughout the world. Ira began his career at the National Security Agency, where he served as an Intelligence and Computer Systems Analyst. 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 has also served on the graduate and undergraduate faculties of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland. 



About Matt Stephenson




Insecurity Podcast host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Broadcast Media team at BlackBerry, which puts him in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world. He is the regular host of the InSecurity podcast and video series at events around the globe.


I have spent the last 10 years in the world of Data Protection and Cybersecurity. Since 2016, I have been with Cylance (now BlackBerry) extolling the virtues of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how, when applied to network security, can wrong-foot the bad guys. Prior to the COVID shutdown, I was on the road over 100 days a year doing live malware demonstrations for audiences from San Diego to DC to London to Abu Dhabi to Singapore to Sydney. One of the funniest things I've ever been a part of was blowing up a live instance of NotPetya 6 hours after the news broke... in Washington DC... directly across the street from FBI HQ... as soon as we activated it a parade of police cars with sirens blaring roared past the building we were in. I'm pretty they weren't there for us, but you never know...


Every week on the InSecurity Podcast, I get to interview interesting people doing interesting things all over the world of cybersecurity and the extended world of hacking. Sometimes, that means hacking elections or the coffee supply chain... other times that means social manipulation or the sovereign wealth fund of a national economy.


InSecurity is about talking with the people who build, manage or wreck the systems that we have put in place to make the world go round...


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