Why sensationalized terrorism coverage makes us overreact to risk.
For most Americans, terrorism is only ever experienced through a television screen or front page of a newspaper. Despite generating massive headlines, terrorism kills a shockingly small number of Americans every year, especially when compared to a problem like gun violence. In terms of the public's attention, terrorism takes up a lot more space than its death toll warrants.
But for cable news networks, terrorism coverage is big business.
Security expert Bruce Schneier says we're creating an Internet that senses, thinks, and acts, which is is the classic definition of a robot. "I contend that we're building a world-sized robot without even realizing it," he said recently at the Open Source Leadership Summit (OSLS).
In his talk, Schneier explained this idea of a world-sized robot, created out of the Internet, that has no single consciousness, no single goal, and no single creator. You can think of it, he says, as an Internet that affects the world in a direct physical manner.
WikiLeaks may have exposed the CIA's ability to hack into phones, televisions, cars—pretty much everything, but according to internationally renowned security technologist and author Bruce Schneier, it isn't the intelligence agencies you should be worried about. He's more concerned that these technologies have been around for decades. Bruce is sharing three things to be concerned about with Kristina Guerrero.
Does latest data dump mean people should throw out their smartphones?
Metro spoke to cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier about the latest revelations from Wikileaks about U.S. government spying and what they mean to regular people. The leaked documents, which appear to be from the Central Intelligence Agency, describes software tools that the agency uses to hack into cellphones, computers and internet-connected televisions.
Metro: Do these revelations from Wikileaks surprise you at all?
Mike Mimoso talks to Bruce Schneier, CTO of IBM Resilient, at RSA 2017 about the early days of the conference, his campaign for IoT regulation, and how the technical community needs to get involved with policy.
We couldn’t put together a list of cyber security blogs and not include Schneier on Security. The author, Bruce Schneier, is an internationally renowned security technologist, and his blog reaches over 250,000 people.
His research, analysis, and comment on all things security make the site worth regular visits for anyone looking to learn and stay on top of the latest goings on within the industry.
At RSA 2017, Bruce Schneier spoke with Network World on the increasing importance of technologists' presence in education and policy-making.
Security expert Schneier is realistic about the dangers posed by putting software in all types of appliances
Schneier, present at the RSA Conference, said that until now everyone had this "special right" to code the world as they saw fit. "My guess is we're going to lose that right because it's too dangerous to give it to a bunch of techies," he added, according to The Register.
His words came after accepting an observation made by Marc Andreessen six years ago that software was eating the world. "As everything turns into a computer, computer security becomes everything security," Schneier said, to give his previous statement some context.
A connected world is great but dangerous
As he likened the Internet to a giant robot, one capable of affecting the physical world just as it affects the virtual one, the threat becomes much more real.
Bruce Schneier on Tuesday called on technologists to get involved with policy, insisting that as the Internet of things continues to unfold, the knowledge security experts have will become more applicable.
Schneier, CTO of IBM Resilient, stressed in a talk here at the RSA Conference that the need has become more pressing in the wake of Mirai; the threats associated with IoT insecurity are more palpable than ever.
"It's one thing for Reddit to be DDoSed, its another thing for your home thermostat to be DDoSed in the winter," Schneier said.
Schneier posted a list of guidelines that have been written for securing the internet of things last week on his blog.
Photo of Bruce Schneier by Per Ervland.
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