Cybersecurity Expert and President of ISSA Ira Winkler to Speak at ISSA-LA Sixth Annual Information Security Summit on Cybercrime Solutions

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Named a “Modern Day James Bond” by the media, Winkler is an author of several books, including Spies Among Us and Zen and the Art of Information Security.

Ira Winkler, CISSP, president of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) ® and internationally acclaimed author of several books on information security, will be a featured speaker at the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA-LA) Sixth Annual Information Security Summit on Friday, May 16, 2014 at the Hilton Universal City Hotel in Los Angeles. The theme of the one-day Summit, The Growing Cyber Threat: Protect Your Business, highlights the financial impact cybercrime has on all organizations: business, not-for-profits, government agencies, schools, healthcare and others. The Summit advances ISSA-LA’s core belief that ‘It takes the village to secure the village’ SM.

“We are privileged to have Ira speak at our Summit, since he is one of the most sought after speakers and one of the world’s most influential cybersecurity professionals,” said ISSA-LA President Stan Stahl, PhD. “In the face of complex cyber threats, Ira’s focus on the human element provides valuable wisdom and insight to the security, technology and business professionals who are called on to make crucial decisions on information security in their own organizations.”

Mr. Winkler has been named a “Modern Day James Bond” by CNN and other media. He is an author of several riveting, entertaining, and educational books, including Spies Among Us and Zen and the Art of Information Security. A columnist for ComputerWorld, he also writes for several other industry publications. He has been featured in magazines and newspapers including Forbes, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, Planet Internet, and Business 2.0. He is also a frequent TV commentator on cyber security. Mr. Winkler also won the Hall of Fame award from the Information Systems Security Association, as well as several other prestigious industry awards.

Mr. Winkler began his career at the National Security Agency, where he served as an Intelligence and Computer Systems Analyst. He moved on to support other US and overseas government military and intelligence agencies. 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.

The ISSA-LA Summit is the only educational forum in Los Angeles specifically designed to encourage participation and interaction among all four vital information security constituencies: (1) business and nonprofit executives, their boards and their trusted advisors; (2) technical IT personnel with responsibility for information systems and the data they contain; (3) law enforcement; and (4) information security practitioners with responsibility for ensuring the security of sensitive information.

Registration is open to anyone interested in learning more about information security but is particularly recommended for business and nonprofit executives and senior managers; business professionals in law, accounting, insurance and banking; technical IT personnel; law enforcement professionals fighting cybercrime; faculty and students in college and university cybersecurity programs; and information security practitioners.

The Information Security Summit is part of ISSA-LA’s important community outreach program. The goal of the program is to help the community stay safe from cybercrime by enabling the necessary collaboration between business, nonprofit and community leaders, technical IT professionals, law enforcement and the information security community.

ISSA-LA is the premier catalyst and information source in Los Angeles for improving the practice of information security. The Chapter provides educational programs for information security and IT professionals. The Chapter also conducts outreach programs to businesses, financial institutions, nonprofits, governmental agencies, and consumers. ISSA-LA is the founding Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association, an international not-for-profit organization of information security professionals and practitioners. For more information on the Sixth Annual Information Security Summit, please visit and follow them on Twitter at @ISSALA.

Information Systems Security Association (ISSA)® International is the community of choice for international cybersecurity professionals dedicated to advancing individual growth, managing technology risk, and protecting critical information and infrastructure. ISSA members and award winners include many of the industry’s notable luminaries and represent a broad range of industries - from communications, education, healthcare, manufacturing, financial and consulting to IT - as well as federal, state and local government departments and agencies. Through regional chapter meetings, conferences, networking events and content, members tap into a wealth of shared knowledge and expertise.

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