CISO Stories Podcast: So You Want to be a Cyber Spy?

June 17, 2021 |

Ira Winkler, CISO at Skyline Technology Solutions, recounts his amazing journey from wannabe astronaut to NSA intelligence analyst, social engineer, systems hacker and author, and some of the crazy things that happened along the way - check it out...

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About the Guest

Ira Winkler

CISO at Skyline Technology Solutions

Ira is considered one of the world’s most influential security professionals and has been named a “Modern Day James Bond” – a title he earned by performing espionage simulations.

Winkler physically and technically “broke into” some of the largest companies in the World, investigated cybercrimes against them, and then told them how to cost effectively protect their information and computer infrastructure. 

He continues to perform these espionage simulations, as well as assisting organizations in developing cost-effective security programs and increasing security awareness.

About the Hosts

About the Host

Sam Curry

Chief Security Officer at Cybereason

Sam Curry (@samjcurry) is CSO at Cybereason and is a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute.  Previously, Sam was CTO and CISO for Arbor Networks (NetScout) and was CSO and SVP R&D at MicroStrategy in addition to holding senior security roles at McAfee and CA. He spent 7 years at RSA, the Security Division of EMC as Chief Technologist and SVP of Product.

Sam also has over 20 patents in security from his time as a security architect, has been a leader in two successful startups and is a board member of the Cybersecurity Coalition, of SSH Communications and of Sequitur Labs.

CISO Stories Podcast

About The CISO Stories Podcast

The Cybersecurity Collaborative, in conjunction with Cybereason, is proud to present the CISO Stories Podcast. Each week CISO Stories takes a deep dive on security leadership with top security professionals from across the public and private sectors who share their insights and expertise with the community.

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