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Bruce Schneier is a computer security expert who, for decades, has been a leading voice for cryptography and all things security. In this question-and-answer formatted interview, Schneier describes the disjunction of today's abundance of encryption tools and a dearth of personal security. Schneier also touches on some of the dangers associated with "middle ground" compromises in encryption to placate law enforcement.
TP: What does the term "going dark" mean to you and is there a middle ground where law enforcement and cryptographers can meet?
Bruce: "Going dark" is a marketing term for an FBI narrative that encryption makes it impossible for the FBI to solve crimes.
With today's rapid technological advancement, almost every activity such as communication, work, and business can be done easily and efficiently through the many available devices and applications. Although it seems that we have so many benefits of the rapid development of technologies, many unseen threats also await. One of the most serious issues in this digital era is concerning our privacy and data protection. Today, in this big data era, governments and private companies can easily obtain our data from various media—such as devices and applications developed by the governments and private companies—and use these data to "surveil" us.
Bruce Schneier had harsh words at RSA Conference 2018 for U.S. lawmakers on the topic of cyber regulations.
Schneier, security expert and CTO of IBM Resilient, spoke twice this week at RSAC about the coming wave of cyber regulations and the dangers those laws and policies will bring if the lack of input from technologists continues. Speaking at a panel discussion Wednesday titled "Identity Insecurity—Another Data Hurricane Without 'Building Codes'," he discussed how new regulations are inevitable in light of recent privacy and data misuse episodes and renewed his call for more technology and security professionals to get involved in the policy-making process.
Flashpoint Editorial Director Mike Mimoso talks to security expert, cryptography pioneer and author Bruce Schneier about the security and privacy implications of rampant data collection by organizations.
This podcast was recorded at RSA Conference 2018.
Mike and Bruce discuss whether market pressure can impose a change on these practices, or if legislation is the inevitable outcome. Bruce also discusses how privacy has changed in recent years and why younger generations have "different defaults" when it comes to sharing personal information.
There are several risks to society that pose an even greater threat than terrorist attacks. Do you know what they are?
Photo of Bruce Schneier by Per Ervland.
Schneier on Security is a personal website. Opinions expressed are not necessarily those of IBM Resilient.