Today's terrorist attack in the Rhône-Alpes region of France, involving the decapitation of a man, has been met with widespread horror and condemnation. So have those in Tunisia, killing 28, and another in Kuwait killing 25. These horrific events are sure to fuel discussion about how to stop this kind of atrocity happening again.
Following January's Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, the French government decided to expedite a new surveillance law.
Imagine this: It's the morning of Election Day, 2020. Americans across the country cast secure, encrypted votes from their smartphones and laptops, electronically choosing their president for the first time in history. Turnout reaches record highs. Live results online show that it's a close race between the two leading candidates.
With so much going on in the enterprise security space, it can be hard to keep up with the flow of information and to know where to turn for actionable advice. This list of security experts, selected by eSecurityPlanet, is a good place to start.
All are active bloggers and even more active as Twitter users. These thought leaders have a variety of backgrounds, numerous years of experience and unique viewpoints.
The number of cyber attacks happening every year is on the rise. We speak to Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer at the IT company Resilient Systems and a fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center for the Internet and Society, about why it can take months before a company or organisation even realises it is under attack, and why so many are unprepared. Also, Wil van Gemert, deputy director of operations at Europol, tells us what European law enforcers are doing about it. He says it is now possible to buy "malware," or malicious software meaning that anyone can become a cyber criminal.
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist and the author of 13 books—including 'Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World'—as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, a program fellow at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Chief Technology Officer at Resilient Systems, Inc. You can follow him on Twitter @schneierblog
Christy Quinn: As of Tuesday, President Obama has just signed the USA Freedom Act into law, banning the NSA's bulk collection of telephony metadata. Do you think this marks the acceptance amongst security officials and policymakers in the US that there need to be limits to metadata collection?
Bruce Scheier: It's certainly a watershed moment, because it's the first time the US government has placed limitations on the NSA's metadata collection. The limitations are minimal, and won't have much actual effect on the surveillance of Americans by the NSA.
Schneier: Sony hack "high skill, high focused"
We are in the early years of a cyber war arms race, security guru Bruce Schneier warned delegates at the Infosecurity Europe exhibition on Wednesday.
Schneier, CTO of Resilient Systems, said the much publicised Stuxnet attacks on Iran by the US and Israel in 2010, Iran's attack on Saudi Aramco, China's apparent role in hacking GitHub, and the North Korean assault on Sony Pictures last year are all examples of the phenomenon.
"These nations are building up for cyber war and now we're all in the blast radius," he warned, while speaking in London.
Most of these attacks — including Stuxnet and the assault on GitHub — inflict collateral damage, Schneier told El Reg, adding that cyber attacks are likely to become mainstream aspect of many conflicts.
Countries are not attacking each other but striking at the IT infrastructure of enterprises in rival states, says security pundit Bruce Schneier
Cyber attacks—such as that on Sony Pictures in 2014—suggest the world is in the early stages of a cyber war arms race.
So said Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer of Resilient Systems: "We are in the early years of a cyber war arms race.
"There is a lot of nation state rhetoric, and we are seeing a lot of nation state attacks against non nation states," he told Infosecurity Europe 2015 in London.
Schneier cited North Korea's attack on Sony Pictures, China's attack on Github and Iran's attack on Saudi Aramco as examples.
Photo of Bruce Schneier by Per Ervland.
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