Stories by Ira Winkler

WannaCry: Sometimes you can blame the victims

Last week’s big malware outbreak caused a lot of damage, but organizations that made good decisions ahead of time weren’t affected.

Written by Ira Winkler16 May 17 22:46

What awareness gamification programs can learn from Pokemon Go

At the moment, the only intended gamification of Pokemon Go is to encourage people to spend money within the game. There are potentially future uses of the game, such as to get people to spend money at partner vendors. For now however, most gamification is exploiting the phenomenon by third parties.

Written by Ira Winkler09 Aug. 16 02:59

Ouch! Apple’s free publicity could backfire

Apple is trying to position itself as a staunch defender of citizens’ privacy. But when you extend its arguments to their logical conclusion, it comes out looking like the company is incapable of protecting its secrets.

Written by Ira Winkler24 Feb. 16 07:15

The CSI Effect comes to RSA Conference

The conference organizers didn’t expect the outrage that followed the scheduling of a session on the TV series <i>CSI: Cyber</i>. They should have, though.

Written by Ira Winkler17 Feb. 16 00:12

Awareness lessons from the Sony hack

As more information is disclosed from the Sony hack, it demonstrates that awareness concerns go well beyond phishing.

Written by Ira Winkler07 May 15 04:42

The ‘sophisticated attack' myth

Sometimes I wonder whether any company will ever fall victim to an unsophisticated cyberattack. Because after every attack that comes to light, we hear that same excuse: It was a sophisticated attack.

Written by Ira Winkler11 Feb. 15 03:26

Why <i>The Interview</i> won't play in Peoria -- for now

Maybe I should be outraged by Sony's decision not to distribute the movie <em>The Interview</em>, but I am merely saddened by it. I am saddened that a hacking incident with all the hallmarks of a simple case of extortion has been distorted so it looks like a terrorist threat.

Written by Ira Winkler20 Dec. 14 05:58

How to get a job in computer security

I am asked probably twice a week to help somebody get a job in the <a href="">security</a> profession. Unfortunately, I can't help that many people individually, but perhaps this article will allow me to help many people all at once.

Written by Ira Winkler09 Sept. 14 00:03