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How Amazon and Walmart Could Fix IoT Security

Bruce Schneier Says Pressure on Retailers Could Fix Insecure IoT Supply Chains

  • Jeremy Kirk
  • Data Breach Today
  • June 26, 2020

IoT devices can be made cheaply and quickly. But as a result, they may lack adequate security features.

There's been a global effort by countries, standards organizations and corporations to improve the state of IoT security through voluntary baseline standards. Connected devices suffer from a range of issues, including insecure default configurations when they're sold as well as inconsistent patching by vendors.

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The Cyberflâneur #29: Bruce Schneier

  • The Syllabus
  • June 16, 2020

A selection of books, essays, and academic papers chosen by Bruce Schneier for The Syllabus.

I. Citizen Hacker

This essay expands on the notion that people should “hack” democracy as a vehicle for change. Peering beyond the buzzwords, a healthier approach to political transformation through technological means “would involve refraining from fetishizing the tools while taking their intrinsically political nature into account along with the question of their design.”

II. Coding Democracy

This book offers an exploration of hackers as both societal disrupters and innovators.

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Audio: Interview with Bruce Schneier for Blockchain Rules Podcast Series

  • Blockchain Rules Podcast
  • June 16, 2020

Our new series of interviews are based on the executive online programme “Blockchain Rules”. In this series, we are going to interview thought leaders from the blockchain ecosystem interested in sharing their thoughts and opinion about the topics that will be covered in the “Blockchain Rules” course. In this second podcast of the series Dr. Giovanna Massarotto, UCL Blockchain Rules Online Programme Coordinator, interviews Bruce Schneier.

Listen to the Audio on SoundCloud.com

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Coronavirus, il guru Bruce Schneier: «Le app di contact tracing? Inutili. Margini di errore troppo alti»

  • Serena Danna
  • Open
  • June 2, 2020

Quando il giornalista Glenn Greenwald ha dovuto cercare uno specialista che decifrasse la mole di documenti della National Security Agency consegnati da Edward Snowden non ha avuto dubbi: c'era solo una persona in America capace di tradurre codici e algoritmi in informazioni chiare per un pubblico ampio. E quella persona si chiamava Bruce Schneier.

Sette anni dopo, con la stessa lucidità con cui ha contribuito a svelare il sistema di spionaggio del governo americano ai danni dei cittadini, Schneier—una ventina di libri, ricercatore del Berkman Center for Internet & Society di Harvard, consulente del Dipartimento della difesa e di aziende (ultima l'IBM)—sintetizza così il suo giudizio sulle app di contact tracing: «La questione non è se siano una minaccia per la privacy degli individui o un pericolo per la democrazia: è che non servono assolutamente a nulla».

Come si valuta l'efficacia

Per l'esperto di sicurezza informatica—57 anni, codino e folta barba grigia—l'idea di fare affidamento su un'applicazione per tracciare i contagi e contenere l'epidemia di Coronavirus «semplicemente non funziona».

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Audio: Bruce Schneier on Truth, Reality, and Contact Tracing

  • Reality 2.0
  • May 27, 2020

Doc Searls and Katherine Druckman talk to Bruce Schneier about contact tracing, digital identity, hacking, privacy, and regulation.

Listen to the Audio on Reality2Cast.com

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Video: Public Interest Technologists—Interview with Bruce Schneier and Jon Callas

  • Cyber Cyber Cyber Cyber
  • May 19, 2020

An interview with security experts Bruce Schneier and Jon Callas about public interest technologists. What are public interest technologists, and why are they important? Find out in this in-depth interview.

Watch the Video on YouTube.com

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Video: Heise Webinar

  • Heise Events
  • April 15, 2020

Bruce Schneier spoke about incident response and IoT security as part of Heise's online conference "Best of IT-Security."

Watch the Video on Techcast.com

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An Interview with Bruce Schneier, Renowned Security Technologist

  • Eric Wallach
  • The Politic
  • April 1, 2020

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned, award-winning public-interest technologist who serves as Chief of Security Architecture at Inrupt, a company working to bring Sir Tim Berners-Lee's distributed data ownership model into the mainstream. Mr. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University; a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, AccessNow, and the Tor Project; and an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center and VerifiedVoting.org. He is the author of over a dozen books—including one of the quintessential cryptography texts, Applied Cryptography—as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter "Crypto-Gram" and his blog "Schneier on Security" are read by over 250,000 people.

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Audio: Breaking Down the Huawei v. Pentagon Dispute

  • Federal Drive
  • March 26, 2020

If nothing else, the long-running Huawei situation shows the importance of considering the supply chain when it comes to cybersecurity. Huawei being the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker basically banned by the federal government. This topic came up at the recent RSA security conference, where Bruce Schneier was. He's Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard University, and well-known cybersecurity.

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How to Detect Coronavirus Myths, Scams and Fake News: Security Guru Bruce Schneier Weighs In On COVID-19

  • Seattle 24x7
  • March 15, 2020

The Novel Coronavirus pandemic has scarcely afforded health care authorities with enough time to develop a cohesive testing protocol for millions of Americans. Filling this vacuum, a flood of false and misleading information now threatens to become another alarming side effect of the outbreak.

"We already know that there are disinformation campaigns being run by foreign actors, as well as misinformation being spread from all four corners of the Internet — including from our own president," relates Bruce Schneier, the renowned cybersecurity specialist in an exclusive Seattle24x7 interview.

"We know that hackers are taking advantage of this.

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Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.