Theres No Place Like Home

By Peter Coffee  |  Posted 2003-05-19 Print this article Print

"The Wizard of Oz" is a parable of computer and network security, said Ira Winkler.

"The Wizard of Oz" is a parable of computer and network security, said Ira Winkler, Hewlett-Packards chief security strategist, at a recent IT security conference hosted by Washington Group International, in Boise, Idaho.

"The moral of the story only seems to be Theres no place like home," said Winkler, who delighted the audience of more than 200 IT pros with his rapid-fire summary of the saga of Dorothy and friends.

The real message, said Winkler, is that Dorothys ruby slippers are like the security tools and well-known industry best practices that are available to anyone who wants them. "The solutions to your problems are right there today, if you can only recognize them," Winkler concluded.

Peter Coffee is Director of Platform Research at, where he serves as a liaison with the developer community to define the opportunity and clarify developers' technical requirements on the company's evolving Apex Platform. Peter previously spent 18 years with eWEEK (formerly PC Week), the national news magazine of enterprise technology practice, where he reviewed software development tools and methods and wrote regular columns on emerging technologies and professional community issues.Before he began writing full-time in 1989, Peter spent eleven years in technical and management positions at Exxon and The Aerospace Corporation, including management of the latter company's first desktop computing planning team and applied research in applications of artificial intelligence techniques. He holds an engineering degree from MIT and an MBA from Pepperdine University, he has held teaching appointments in computer science, business analytics and information systems management at Pepperdine, UCLA, and Chapman College.

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