On Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump named cyber expert Tom Bossert as his homeland security adviser.
Bossert is currently a fellow at the Atlantic Council and was a former national security aide to President George W. Bush.
He says cybersecurity will be one a top priority in his new job.
And if the events of 2016 say anything, Bossert will likely have a lot on his plate.
"American Elections Will Be Hacked." That’s the title of a recent article in The New York Times by our next guest, the leading cybersecurity and privacy researcher Bruce Schneier. Schneier warns, "Our newly computerized voting systems are vulnerable to attack by both individual hackers and government-sponsored cyberwarriors. It is only a matter of time before such an attack happens."
During a House Committee hearing today, Bruce Schneier also asks for the establishment of a new government agency devoted to cybersecurity.
Security experts asked lawmakers for more action, today, during a Congressional hearing on IoT security. On their wishlist: consequences to manufacturers for delivering insecure products, a federally funded independent lab for pre-market cybersecurity testing, and an entirely new federal agency devoted to cybersecurity.
The hearing, "Understanding the Role of Connected Devices in Recent Attacks," was held by the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce, with expert witnesses Dale Drew, senior vice president and chief security officer of Level 3 Communications; Dr. Kevin Fu, CEO of Virta Labs and associated professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of Michigan; and Bruce Schneier, fellow of the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard University.
"We are in this sorry and deteriorating state because there is almost no cost to a manufacturer for deploying products with poor cybersecurity to consumers," said Dr. Fu. He later added "also there's no benefit if they deploy something with good security."
"The market can't fix this," said Schneier, because "the buyer and seller don't care ...
Computer security experts on Wednesday pressed for comprehensive federal regulations mandating strong security protocols for the Internet of Things, saying it's not a matter of if but when rules are issued for connected devices.
"The Internet of Things affects the world in a directly physical manner—cars, appliances, thermostat, airplanes," said Bruce Schneier, a computer security expert at Harvard University, during testimony at a hearing held by two House Energy and Commerce subcommittees. "There's real risk to life and property. There's real, catastrophic risks."
With the increasing ubiquity and fundamental vulnerability of IoT technology, Schneier said it's a moot point to argue over whether the federal government will eventually regulate the industry.
The hacking of Democratic Party organizations has made internet security germane to the 2016 presidential election campaign. America's intelligence community has accused high-level Russian officials of backing these cyberattacks in an attempt to influence the election result. Such allegations have helped thrust relations between Washington and Moscow to their lowest point in decades.
Meanwhile, the integrity of America's internet infrastructure was tested on Oct. 21, 2016 with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.
Bruce Schneier joined David Pakman to discuss computer security in relation to politics and election mechanics.
One of the most striking paradoxes of our time resides in our smartphones. Our everyday use of these iconic and progressively factotum apparatuses records at various levels every activity we do in space and time, with the unbelievable outcome that, on a mass scale, we're happy about that and willfully give up our intimate privacy to be allowed to continue using them. It's nothing new, but we're still turning our head to what is behind. There are battles going on to conquer the most strategic parts of the big data we produce, in the huge business called "DaaS" (data as a service).
Pour l'écrivain et expert en cybersécurité et en cryptographie Bruce Schneier, « quelqu'un est en train d'apprendre à détruire Internet », comme il le titre dans son dernier article de blog. L'actuel directeur de la technologie de Resilient, une société d'IBM, affirme que des attaques particulières visent des acteurs majeurs du web depuis déjà deux ans.
Bruce Schneier est une sommité en ce qui concerne la sécurité informatique. L'auteur du mythique livre « Applied Cryptograhy » tient depuis 2004 un blog très fréquenté dans lequel, ce mardi 13 septembre, il a publié un article au titre évocateur : « Quelqu'un est en train d'apprendre à détruire Internet » . Comme il l'affirme, depuis un ou deux ans, certaines compagnies majeures du web subissent des attaques particulières, précises et calibrées, dont le but est de tester les défenses et d'évaluer les meilleurs moyens de les faire tomber.
"I can't think of any other issue that moved people so quickly." By security expert Bruce Schneier's estimation, more than 700 million people worldwide changed their behavior on the Internet as a direct result of what Edward Snowden's NSA leak revealed about government surveillance. Even more amazing: they all did it within one year.
What motivated so many private citizens to take action? "They did that because of secrets.
Photo of Bruce Schneier by Per Ervland.
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