Andy Balinsky

Security Research Engineer

Security Research and Operations

Andy Bailnsky is a security researcher that performs security evaluations on Cisco products as a member of the Cisco's Strategic Technology Assurance Team (STAT).

Andy Balinsky started his network security career at the Air Force's Information Warfare Center in 1991. He joined WheelGroup in 1997, and after their acquisition by Cisco in 1998 has worked there since. His experience ranges from wireless networking to video to security products. He is the co-author of the Cisco Press book Cisco Wireless LAN Security, and a founding editorial board member of the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) project. He holds a bachelor's in Computer Science from Harvard University and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

In his personal time, he is an avid environmental advocate, birdwatcher, kayaker, photographer, and cyclist.


January 8, 2014


SecCon and the Limits of the Human Mind

4 min read

One of the things I like best about Cisco’s focus on security is the internal SecCon conference we put on each year. It focuses on security threats, defenses, and innovation. Although I participate as a trainer, organizer, and reviewer, my favorite role this year was as an attendee. The conference theme, The State of the […]

December 21, 2012


Security Features vs. Securing Features

3 min read

Here's the fourth in a series of posts revolving around the recently held Cisco SecCon 2012 (December 3-6) security conference. This post zeroes in on the fact that software vendors need to start focusing (more) on the overall security and quality of software, not just on the implementation of security features in products.