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Interview: Ira Winkler, Secure Mentem

Ira Winkler of Secure Mentem [1]

Ira Winkler is the Author and President of Secure Mentem, a company that focuses on the human aspects of security. Ira began at the National Security Agency, where he performed in a wide variety of positions for US and foreign intelligence agencies. He then moved on to the private sector. Ira served as Director of Technology at the National Computer Security Association, overseeing their industry leading Anti-Virus product certification program, and establishing their Firewall certification program. He continued to perform consulting services. Ira formed the Internet Security Advisors Group, which became a leading boutique security firm, primarily serving the Fortune 50. The company was essentially acquired by Hewlett-Packard in 2001, and Ira served as Chief Security Strategist in HP Consulting. Ira also taught graduate and undergraduate courses at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland.


  • What is unique about running a security startup?
  • How about moving from a services/consulting company to a product company?
  • What are some unique things investors are interested in when talking to security startups?
  • Where are the best opportunities in the market for security startups?
  • What advice do you have for those who may have an idea and want to create a security startup?
  • What are some of the most exciting security startups in the industry right now and why?
  • What advice do you have for enterprises looking at solution and considering (or not) a solution for a security startup?

Startup Stories

Startup & Security Notes of Interest

The Periodic Table of Cybersecurity Startups

Akamai acquired SOASTA (undisclosed)

The Startup Journey: Updates

Michael's Journey:

  • Straight Talk on your Value Prop (not just for startups)
  • Things continue to come together

Paul's Journey