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WIMZKL (pronounced “whimsical”) is a Knowledge Consultancy offering training and support to ensure you and your team have the deep knowledge and information required to quickly solve a broad spectrum of complex system challenges.

Security Awareness Month: VPNs

What’s a Virtual Private Network (or VPN)? When we write a letter (the snail mail kind), we put our finished message in an envelope, address it, put a stamp on it, lick it, seal it, and mail it. VPNs are like envelopes for our digital messages that are otherwise like sending letters as postcards where…

Next Up: MacTech

MacTech is a unique conference held in Los Angeles each November, designed for a niche community of world-class professionals working with Apple technology across contexts, disciplines, and cultures.

Why the GDPR is a Good Idea After All

It’s easy to forget the Internet was built to share information across a global network, not keep it private. Sharing has become an essential part of life and that’s not going to change any time soon. Whenever we have something to share, in any format, there are a multitude of ways, tools, and modes to…

Why Privacy and Security Matter Anyway

Facebook hacks, cybercrime, and government surveillance, all of that stuff aside, the biggest issues we face often come down to why privacy and security matter for the greater good of our society. Many, many people respond to conversations about these topics by saying or thinking, “Oh, they can already see, read, and hear everything anyway…

Facebook Hack: Steps to Move Forward

Most people have no idea whether they have or haven’t used their Facebook account to log into other sites and services across the Web. Here’s some practical steps to find out and mitigate the risks.

Cyber is dead. Long live Resilience Strategy.

Cyber Resilience Strategy  is not a nice-to-have. The illusion of Cyber Security is gone. Cyber Security incidents will disrupt your business. As leaders, we’re responsible to do business confidently knowing that when unplanned events (like cyber attacks) disrupt our business, our employees, partners, and clients can count on us to lead the way through. Firewalls…

California’s New Privacy Rules

Resilience is about protecting our interests, like privacy, and being prepared to act when unplanned events compromises them. California is leading the way in the US where protecting our privacy is concerned. What states will follow?

PANEL: Social Engineering

I recently had the honor and pleasure of sitting on a panel beside some of the most expert talent in the industry to discuss another polarizing topic: Social Engineering.

The Underrated Power
of Lists.

In meetings, I doodle + draw. It helps me listen + remember things, connect pictures to notions, memories to actions. It helps me quickly process things that are said into actionable tactics + strategies. These often turn into lists. As I get older, I do this more and more, which means I’m starting to get…

Keep this brochure!

No one likes to think about crisis preparedness. That’s why so many people are not prepared when a crisis occurs. Nudging people to be prepared is no small feat. It requires equal parts emotional consideration, comprehensive intention + just enough assertive urgency in order to be successful. It’s a rare thing when it’s even a…

Farmers Fight for Our Right to Hack

It’s fair to say that many of us, especially in the States, don’t know or much care about where our food comes from. That’s unfortunate enough but what even less people may be aware of is how cool farming cultures are. Farmers survive by quickly learning how to do many things when they need to…

Agile + Design @ IIT IDX

Back towards the end of 2017, I had the distinct privilege of being invited to contribute to the design of a new course offering on agile + its value for design thinking. The inviter was my friend, Adam Kallish, a distinguished design thinker, agile practitioner, UX architect, lecturer + all around force of nature from…

10/65 Film Festival

WIMZKL is a proud sponsor of this year’s 10 Second Film Festival on behalf of Evanston’s District 65 Green Teams supporting sustainability awareness + education in our schools + community to help foster the next generation of environmental stewards. Watch some of this year’s favorite entries.

Case Study – Resilience in Chicago

The Resilience Diagnostic defines, prioritizes, and quickly identifies practical, concrete steps to eliminate preventable risks across your organization. We require 40-60 hours to achieve this, depending on the complexity of your operation.

Prepare to Meet Fraud

What you may not understand about Cyber Insurance, even if you already have some, can cost you more than risking not having any at all. There is a shift underway that impacts business + reputation when cyber incidents take place, beyond even GDPR. Please make time to read this.

Hard Lessons About Malware

Organizations are all working hard in collaboration to bring Atlanta’s critical systems back online but there is still a tremendous amount of work to be done and some serious lessons to be learned.

Let’s Talk About Penetration Testing.

Heaps of gratitude to Dawid Balut, Mattia Campagnano, Kimber Dowsett, Chris Roberts + Georgia Weidman for sharing their well-grounded thoughts on an often polarizing topic.

SMB + Startup CyberSecurity

I recently assembled + moderated a global panel of experts from Europe, Canada + the US to discuss Information Security for startups + small/medium-sized businesses.

What is Resilience?

Resilience is being prepared to respond to unplanned events of all kinds, having a plan to manage those events in effective ways to protect your reputation + bottom line. Here’s some tips for how to design your Resilience Strategy.

The GDPR is Coming

The General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect on May 25 this year, introducing the biggest change to data protection law in Europe in more than 20 years. What does it mean for businesses in the U.S.?