"¿Alarmista? ¡Qué va! Es un gran título, estoy orgulloso de él. Recuerda: los títulos están para vender libros".
Bruce Schneier announced in a blog post that his three-year stint at IBM is officially over:
"Today is my last day at IBM.
If you've been following along, IBM bought my startup Resilient Systems in Spring 2016. Since then, I have been with IBM, holding the nicely ambiguous title of 'Special Advisor.' As of the end of the month, I will be back on my own.
I will continue to write and speak, and do the occasional consulting job.
Bruce Schneier announced in a brief blog post, "I'm leaving IBM." His three-year stint with what he calls "the nicely ambiguous title of 'Special Advisor'" ended at the end of June 2019. He gives no specific future plans beyond saying that he will continue to write, speak, teach and occasionally consult.
Schneier has been a cybersecurity luminary since his book Applied Cryptography was published in 1994. Since then he has developed several ciphers, including Blowfish, Twofish, Threefish, and MacGuffin.
Infosec veteran Bruce Schneier has said he'll step down as a "special advisor" to IBM's security business to, in part, focus his time on teaching the next generation of security pros.
Schneier said he also wanted to focus on work with nonprofit projects including Tor and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), where he is a board member.
The cryptographer, formerly BT's chief security technology officer, has been writing about security since 1998 and has produced more than a dozen books, as well as hundreds of articles, essays and academic papers.
Encryption underpins the security of everything from digital purchases to private chats, and is a technology that has existed in one form or another for as long as human beings have shared secrets.
Having initially started out as a means for rulers and armies to pass on confidential messages, the technology has evolved into an everyday necessity to protect the credit card details of online shoppers and conversations of smartphone users.
But even though its daily presence has made encryption a topic that's rarely out of the news, an ongoing conflict between law enforcement and techies has left the general public with little understanding of its actual importance.
In the second episode of SwigCast, we explore both the practicalities and the politics of encryption with the cryptographer and author, Bruce Schneier.
«El único sistema verdaderamente seguro es el que se apaga, se coloca en un bloque de hormigón y se sella en una habitación revestida de plomo con guardias armados. Aun así tengo mis dudas». Son palabras de Gene Spafford, experto en ciberseguridad. pronunciadas en 1989, cuando internet estaba en pañales.
The internet was not originally designed with security in mind. In the early days, this was OK, but today the landscape is more complicated because, in the internet+ era, nearly everything is connected to the internet. A spreadsheet crashes, and you lose your data. A heart device crashes, and you lose your life.
Veteran security researcher, cryptographer, and author Bruce Schneier is one of the many cybersecurity experts who will be speaking at Black Hat USA in Las Vegas this August.
He's presenting Information Security in the Public Interest, a 50-minute Briefing about why it's so important for public policy discussions to include technologists with practical understanding of how today's tech can be used and abused.
Schneier has become a vocal advocate for more public-minded technologists, noting in a recent interview with Dark Reading that "in a major law firm, you are expected to do some percentage of pro bono work. I'd love to have the same thing happen in technology."
He recently took time to chat with us via email about what he's hoping to accomplish at Black Hat USA this year, and why he thinks Black Hat attendees are well-suited to serving the greater good as public-interest technologists.
Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.