News: 2018 Archives

The Security Book Everyone in Government Must Read in 2019

  • Luke Fretwell
  • GovFresh
  • December 23, 2018

If we’re ever going to get security right, technologists must embrace the need for policy and government leaders must do the same with technology, which is why Bruce Schneier’s Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World is the 2019 must-read book for every government leader, elected and administrative.

Specific security prescriptions range from standards and principles to the creation of a new federal agency, a National Cyber Office, that would advise and hold other agencies accountable, but also manage government-wide security efforts, such as the …

Ben's Book of the Month: Review of "Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World"

  • Ben Rothke
  • RSA Conference Blog
  • November 30, 2018

Perhaps the most meaningless term in information security is though leader. I know what it is supposed to mean, but many people who consider themselves information security thought leaders are anything but that. Nonetheless, if there is anyone who is a thought leader in the true sense of the term, it’s Bruce Schneier. Schneier has written on near every aspect of information security. From cryptography, data collection, privacy, spying, and much more.

In his latest work: Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World…

Book Review: Click Here to Kill Everybody

  • Anton Lönnebo
  • Nixu Blog
  • November 30, 2018

In the latest installments in the long lists of books authored by Bruce Schneier, the author delves into the risks of a world full of IoT devices, a scenario that Schneier calls the “Internet+.”

Click Here to Kill Everybody
By: Bruce Schneier

With certainty I can say that I’m not the only one in my group of friends who’ve worried about the implications of connecting everything to the Internet. For better or for worse it looks like in a few years time the availability of not-connected devices will be much lower than it is today, and this will affect everyone to some degree. Therefore everyone is a stakeholder in making sure that the IoT devices we rely on are secure…

Has Your Toaster Got Cyber-Security? It May Soon Need It

Policy-makers must get to grips with "the internet of things." I'm recommending this book to them

  • Jamie Bartlett
  • Catholic Herald
  • November 29, 2018

Oh no! Another book with a terrifying, it’s-the-end-of-the-world title. They’re in vogue at the moment. Sadly, for us mere mortals, Click Here to Kill Everybody is by Bruce Schneier, who is one of the world’s top cyber-security experts, and not someone given to exaggeration.

Click Here‘s central point is that everything is turning into a computer. For reasons I cannot fathom, society is presently engaged in a craze of connecting everything to everything else. Most of us think of the internet as something you access on your phone or PC—but your pacemaker, home heating system, baby monitor, car and fridge are all going online too…

Audio: Click Here to Kill Everybody, IoT Security and Cryptography

  • The NULLCON Podcast
  • November 26, 2018

In the second episode of The NULLCON Podcast, internationally renowned security technologist, Bruce Schneier talked about his latest book Click Here to Kill Everybody, the risk and future of post-quantum cryptography, and his views on governments asking for backdoors.

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Audio: Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security, Privacy, Social Media and Politics

  • November 12, 2018

“I worry about the monopolies that are engaged in surveillance capitalism.”—Bruce Schneier, Security Technologist

Matt Ward interviewed Bruce Schneier on the podcast The Disruptors.

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Audio: Harry Shearer Interviews Bruce Schneier

  • Le Show
  • November 11, 2018

Harry Shearer interviewed Bruce Schneier, author of Click Here to Kill Everybody, on his podcast Le Show.

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Audio: "Click Here to Kill Everybody"

  • The Cyberwire
  • November 9, 2018

Bruce Schneier discusses his book Click Here to Kill Everybody on The CyberWire’s Daily Podcast.

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Click Here to Kill Everybody, Book Review: Meeting the IoT Security Challenge

  • Wendy M. Grossman
  • ZDNet UK
  • November 2, 2018

Sometimes the human race just isn’t that smart. The Internet of Things is a case in point: today’s internet is a mess of security vulnerabilities and coding errors. As the size of data breaches and cost of cyber attacks escalates week by week, now we want to exponentially increase the complexity, attack surface and dangers by wirelessing up billions of ultra-cheap devices, any one of which might bring the whole thing down. In the words of the great Jewish prophets: Oy.

Surveying the shape of this monster takes up the first third of Bruce Schneier’s latest book, …

Audio: "Click Here To Kill Everybody," with Bruce Schneier

  • Steal This Show
  • November 1, 2018

Embedded in an increasing number of the devices and objects surrounding us, computers are turning the everyday world into a radically programmable attack surface. This is the subject of computer security & cryptography legend Bruce Schneier’s latest book, Click Here To Kill Everybody. In this episode we meet up with Bruce to explore how the profusion of insecure devices, capable of being put to a variety of unpredictable purposes, is radically shifting the balance of power. Via cyberattacks, smaller states get the ability to content with the great powers—and an entirely new class of ‘non-state actors are being granted the power to disrupt nations…

A Future Where Everything Becomes a Computer Is as Creepy as You Feared

  • Farhad Manjoo
  • The New York Times
  • October 10, 2018

More than 40 years ago, Bill Gates and Paul Allen founded Microsoft with a vision for putting a personal computer on every desk.

No one really believed them, so few tried to stop them. Then before anyone realized it, the deed was done: Just about everyone had a Windows machine, and governments were left scrambling to figure out how to put Microsoft’s monopoly back in the bottle.

This sort of thing happens again and again in the tech industry. Audacious founders set their sights on something hilariously out of reach—Mark Zuckerberg wants to connect …

How to Keep the Internet of Things From Killing Us All

  • David M. Perry
  • Pacific Standard
  • October 9, 2018

The world is wired. Thanks to the Internet of Things (IoT), pretty much every electronic device we own can now talk to each of our other devices. While it might seem fun to be able to adjust settings on your refrigerator from your cell phone or track brush strokes from your e-toothbrush app, the IoT comes with a brand new set of vulnerabilities as well. Last spring, a computer security company revealed that hackers had stolen a casino’s entire database of high rollers by exploiting vulnerabilities in an Internet-connected aquarium. What happens when cheap IoT devices can drive your car off a cliff or give you poisons instead of medicine?…

Audio: The Biggest Cybersecurity Threat You Never Thought That Much About Is the Factory

  • Molly Wood
  • Marketplace
  • October 9, 2018

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A report last week from Bloomberg Businessweek suggested that Chinese spies had embedded tiny little microchips on motherboards that control computers in order to steal information from nearly 30 U.S. companies, including Apple and Amazon. Both of those companies, and Super Micro Computer Inc., the electronics maker that was allegedly infiltrated have categorically denied the report. China issued a statement in response to the report that said in part: “Supply chain safety in cyberspace is an issue of common concern, and China is also a victim.” But the story is lingering, in part because it brings up a very scary reality that lots of cybersecurity experts keep talking about. …

Click Here To Kill Everybody Book Review

  • Sarah
  • Make IT Work Blog
  • October 8, 2018

Even the author Bruce Schneier admits the title is clickbait. Is all our technology so interconnected that someone could click here to kill everybody?

Schneier opens his book with three scenarios of how technology could kill.

  1. Hackers could remotely disable car brakes, take over steering and even turn off the engine.
  2. Hackers could remotely shut down an electric power station in winter.
  3. 3D bio printers could be hacked to create and print a killer virus causing a worldwide pandemic.

Two of those scenarios have already happened in the last three years…

Bruce Schneier's Click Here to Kill Everybody Reveals the Looming Cybersecurity Crisis

  • J.M. Porup
  • CSO
  • October 3, 2018


The US government and Silicon Valley have designed and created an insecure world to maximize political control and corporate profit, but in the cyberphysical world we now live in, where cars, planes, trains and nuclear power plants are connected to the internet, that deliberate insecurity must be reversed—for safety reasons, or people are going to start dying, Bruce Schneier argues in his new book, Click Here to Kill Everybody (W.W. Norton & Company, 2018).

The days of “going online” are over. We now live on the internet. The merger of meatspace and cyberspace is well underway, and today cybersecurity is the security of all the things, including the things that can kill us. This new world demands we rethink the economic and political incentives that have us teetering on the brink of disaster, Schneier believes…

Click Here To Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-Connected World (Book Review)

  • Esther Jackson
  • Library Journal
  • October 1, 2018

Seasoned technologist and security writer Schneier’s (Data and Goliath; Liars and Outliers) work springboards from the “Internet+ of Things” (IoT), or the network of physical devices including cars, electronics, machinery, that connect to one another and exchange data. For this work, the author coins the term Internet+, taken to mean “the Internet + Things + us.” By offering a broad introduction to the concept, Schneier aims to familiarize readers to topics and issues surrounding it and to draft a road map toward solutions. Such an approach is challenging; the introductory chapters address IoT concerns that more informed readers may already be aware of, whereas the later, more technical chapters are too specialized for general audiences. Readers who enjoyed Andrew Blum’s …

Audio: Cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, and Social Media

  • Social Media and Politics Podcast
  • September 30, 2018

Bruce Schneier, Chief Technology Officer at IBM Resilient, guests to discuss his new book, Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World. We discuss how the Internet of Things (IoT) opens up new possibilities for catastrophes, how social media companies and governments follow a model of surveillance capitalism, and how the Internet can be made more secure moving forward.

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Video: "Click Here to Kill Everybody": A Berkman Klein Center Book Talk

  • Berkman Klein Center
  • September 25, 2018

Featuring Bruce Schneier, the author of Click Here to Kill Everybody in conversation with Abby Everett Jaques, MIT.

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Publishers Weekly Review of Click Here to Kill Everybody

  • Publishers Weekly
  • September 24, 2018

Schneier (Data and Goliath), a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, provides a clear perspective on the threat posed by the evolution of the internet into what is commonly referred to as the “internet of things.” As “everything is becoming a computer… on the Internet,” with even pedestrian items such as light bulbs or refrigerators collecting, using, and communicating data, the convenience and efficiency of such “smart” technology comes at the cost of increased vulnerability to the schemes of crafty hackers. Horror stories, such as a vehicle’s controls being taken over remotely, are not new, but Schneier’s vast experience enables him to tie together many strands and put them in context. For example, after discussing the inherent security issues with software (there are “undiscovered vulnerabilities in every piece”), Schneier goes on to observe that such flaws are only part of the problem; he convincingly demonstrates that a major, if not the main, reason, for an insecure internet is that its “most powerful architects—governments and corporations—have manipulated the network to make it serve their own interests.” Schneier concedes that his book has “a gaping hole” in not explaining how his nuanced recommendations for increasing security and resilience could become policy, but it is a useful introduction to the dimensions of the challenge…

Video: Cyberattacks and Survival in a Hyperconnected World

  • Demetri Kofinas
  • Hidden Forces Podcast
  • September 18, 2018

In this week’s episode of Hidden Forces, Demetri Kofinas speaks with Bruce Schneier, about cyberattacks, cyberwar, and survival in a hyperconnected world.

Cyberattacks constitute one of the most urgent threats facing collective humanity according to Bruce Schneier. History has proven him right. In the summer of 2017, a weapon of cyberwar was dropped onto a world without borders, where the heavy artillery and nuclear warheads that defined the battlelines of the 20th century have been rendered useless. The attack, known as NotPetya, is estimated to have cost its victims ten billion dollars in damages. This is a fraction of the…

Audio: The Lawfare Podcast: Bruce Schneier on 'Click Here to Kill Everybody'

  • Jen Patja Howell
  • The Lawfare Podcast
  • September 18, 2018

Security technologist Bruce Schneier’s latest book, Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World, argues that it won’t be long before everything modern society relies on will be computerized and on the internet. This drastic expansion of the so-called ‘internet of things,’ Schneier contends, vastly increases the risk of cyberattack. To help figure out just how concerned you should be, Benjamin Wittes sat down with Schneier. They talked about what it would mean to live in a world where everything, including Ben’s shirt, was a computer, and how Schneier’s latest work adds to his decades of advocacy for principled government regulation and oversight of “smart devices.”…

Video: Bruce Schneier Book Talk with Ben Wizner

  • Center on National Security at Fordham Law
  • September 17, 2018

The Center on National Security at Fordham Law hosted a discussion on Bruce Schneier’s new book, Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World.

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Open Letters Review on Click Here to Kill Everybody

  • Steve Donoghue
  • Open Letters Review
  • September 14, 2018

Electronic security expert Bruce Schneier’s studiously terrifying new book Click Here To Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World, is a concerted counter-playbook to the end of human civilization, and the deaf ears it will fall upon have been deadened by two completely erroneous assumptions: that an unregulated Internet is better than a regulated one, and that Internet problems only affect people on the Internet.

Ninety percent of Schneier’s readers have more than one “smart” electronic device, be it a cellphone or a tablet or a laptop or a new-model automobile. And ninety percent of that ninety percent have the same personal password for all of those separate devices and haven’t changed that password in years. Virtually every single one of Schneier’s readers who choose to download his book instead of buying a printed copy in a bookstore leaves a wide and easily-followed data-trail back to themselves. Every one of Schneier’s readers who orders a printed copy of the book from online retailers like Amazon leaves an equally-accessible data-trail and never even thinks not to. Many of Schneier’s reader who decide to buy a printed copy in a bookstore will use some kind of electronic preferred-customer discount card, and the bookstore’s cash register system is electronically linked to its inventory system, and both systems have a D-grade security setup that a computer-literate 10-year-old could hack wide open. And a great many of those customers probably used the store’s free Wi-Fi while they were browsing, which means any malware prowling that Wi-Fi is now in their phone, which means it will be in their laptop later that evening when they plug their phone into it to charge…

Audio: Internet Plus: Now Everything Can Be Hacked!

  • CBC Radio
  • September 14, 2018

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Click Here to Kill Everybody” may be a rather terrifying name for a book, but, then again, its author, Bruce Schneier, offers us lots of things to be terrified about.

Schneier is a security guru. And in his new book, subtitled Security and Survival in a Hyper-Connected World, he explains the real risks in a world where everything is becoming a computer, and networked in a way that he calls “internet plus.”

From hacked cars to vulnerable power grids, Schneier paints a detailed picture of just how IT-dependent our modern world is. And how fragile it has become, in the context of what he calls “internet plus.”…

Audio: The Cyberlaw Podcast: Click Here to Kill Everybody

  • Stewart Baker
  • The Cyberlaw Podcast
  • September 11, 2018

We are fully back from our August hiatus, and leading off a series of great interviews, I talk with Bruce Schneier about his new book, Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-Connected World. Bruce is an internationally renowned technologist, privacy and security commentator, and someone I respect a lot more than I agree with. But his latest book opens new common ground between us, and we both foresee a darker future for a world that has digitally connected things that can kill people without figuring out a way to secure them. Breaking with Silicon Valley consensus, we see security regulation in the Valley’s future, despite all the well-known downsides that regulation will bring. We also find plenty of room for disagreement on topics like encryption policy and attribution…

Takeaways from Bruce Schneier's New Book

  • Tim Starks
  • Politico
  • September 11, 2018

FIX THE INTERNET BEFORE IT FIXES US— Technologist Bruce Schneier is out with his latest book and his most alarming title yet: “Click Here to Kill Everybody.” In fact, it’s one of the most ominous in the entire cybersecurity canon. Even in his introduction, Schneier admits to hyperbole, yet writes the title isn’t without merit since “we’re already living in a world where computer attacks can crash cars and disable power plants—both actions that can easily result in catastrophic deaths if done at scale.”

So, OK, it’s scary. In this outing, published last week, Schneier digs into the dangers posed by the rapid spread of internet connectivity into all our things. But since he doesn’t think the marketing term “internet of things” is encompassing enough, he coined his own term: Internet+. If you’ve followed Schneier’s career or seen his many talks at cybersecurity conferences, much of what he’s writing about won’t seem new. And since that’s probably many of you, we’re going highlight just a few of his policy recommendations (there are many more in the book) and predictions (more of those, too) when it comes to fixing what he calls the “sloppy state of Internet+ security.”…

Audio: Podcast Episode 111: Click Here to Kill Everybody and CyberSN on Why Security Talent Walks

  • The Security Ledger
  • September 10, 2018

In this week’s podcast (episode #111), sponsored by CyberSN: what happens when the Internet gets physical? Noted author and IBM security guru Bruce Schneier joins us to talk about his new book on Internet of Things risk: Click Here to Kill Everybody. Also: everyone knows that cyber security talent is hard to come by, and even harder to keep. But why does precious cyber talent walk? In our second segment, we’re joined by Deidre Diamond of cyber security placement firm CyberSN, who has all the answers.

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Video: Book Launch at The Aspen Institute

  • The Aspen Institute
  • September 10, 2018

The Aspen Institute’s Cybersecurity & Technology Program hosted the launch of Bruce Schneier’s newest book, Click Here to Kill Everybody. In the book, Schneier explores the risks and security implications of our new, hyper-connected era, and lays recommendations for a more resilient Internet of Things and government oversight. Following a one-on-one conversation with Schneier—moderated by the Chair of the Cybersecurity & Technology Program, John Carlin—a panel of experts in the field will respond to Schneier’s recommendations and discuss the future of cybersecurity more broadly…

For Safety’s Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-Connected Things

That’s the view of security expert Bruce Schneier, who fears lives will be lost in a cyber disaster unless governments act swiftly.

  • Martin Giles
  • MIT Technology Review
  • September 6, 2018

Smart gadgets are everywhere. The chances are you have them in your workplace, in your home, and perhaps on your wrist. According to an estimate from research firm Gartner, there will be over 11 billion internet-connected devices (excluding smartphones and computers) in circulation worldwide this year, almost double the number just a couple of years ago.

Many billions more will come online soon. Their connectivity is what makes them so useful, but it’s also a cybersecurity nightmare. Hackers have already shown they can compromise everything …

Book Review: Click Here to Kill Everybody

  • Paul Baccas
  • Virus Bulletin
  • September 6, 2018

The great and memorable title of Bruce Schneier’s latest book, Click Here to Kill Everybody, certainly caught the eye of those in my household—my children kept trying to touch the button on the front cover to ‘kill everybody’! (Indeed, the book’s attention-grabbing title may make me a little wary about reading it openly on the Tube or while going through airport security.)

Of course, the book is not really about how to kill everybody, but rather how, from an ethical standpoint on the part of tech, and a moral standpoint on the part of government, we appear to be sleep-walking into a scenario where something, whether by accident or design, could possibly ‘click here’ and kill everyone…

Audio: Vulnerabilities of an Inter-connected World

  • Jenna Flanagan
  • Midday on WNYC
  • September 5, 2018

Bruce Schneier discusses his new book Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World. Computers are connected to everything small and large from home appliances like ovens and thermostats to large industrial sites like chemical plants. Digital attackers can now crash your car, your pacemaker, and the nation’s power grid. Schneier reveals the hidden web of technical, political, and market forces that underpin the pervasive insecurities of today’s connected world.

This segment is guest hosted by Jenna Flanagan…

Book Review: “Click Here To Kill Everybody”

  • Paul Harris
  • Harris Online
  • September 4, 2018

If I were still doing radio shows, I would happily welcome Bruce Schneier back as a guest. He’s a security expert who I first spoke with when he revealed the uselessness of the TSA’s screening procedures at airports, which he labelled “security theater.” Since then, he’s made multiple appearances with me.

Bruce has just published a new book, Click Here To Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World, and asked me to review it.

As in his previous works, Bruce sees the holes that exist in the digital world and explains the risks of having so many more things connected as part of the Internet of Things, from thermostats to refrigerators to manufacturing equipment to your kid’s dolls. In an age where everything is a computer, my favorite example he cites is the casino network that was penetrated by hackers in 2017 through an internet-connected fish tank…

Schneier's "Click Here To Kill Everybody"

Pervasive connected devices mean we REALLY can't afford shitty internet policy

  • Cory Doctorow
  • Boing Boing
  • September 4, 2018

Bruce Schneier (previously) has spent literal decades as part of the vanguard of the movement to get policy makers to take internet security seriously: to actually try to make devices and services secure, and to resist the temptation to blow holes in their security in order to spy on “bad guys.” In Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World, Schneier makes a desperate, impassioned plea for sensible action, painting a picture of a world balanced on the point of no return.

Click Here… describes a world where all the bad policy decisions of PCs and laptops and phones are starting to redound onto embedded systems in voting machines and pacemakers and cars and nuclear reactors. He calls this internet-plus-IoT system the “Internet+” and the case he makes for its importance is by turns inspiring and devastating…

Hackers Used a Fish Tank to Break into a Vegas Casino. We’re All in Trouble.

  • Henry Farrell
  • The Washington Post
  • September 4, 2018

Bruce Schneier’s new book, Click Here to Kill Everybody, explains the security risks of a new world of household devices connected to the Internet. I asked him what the risks are, why they are so serious and what their consequences are for politics.

HF: Technology has created a hyper-connected world. How does this lead to vulnerabilities?

BS: As we connect more things to the Internet, they can affect each other. This is generally a goodness, but it leads to vulnerabilities in unexpected ways. First, vulnerabilities in one thing can affect another thing. We saw this last year when a major Vegas casino’s high-roller database was hacked through—and I am not making this up—its Internet-connected fish tank…

Kirkus Review: Click Here To Kill Everybody

  • Kirkus Reviews
  • September 4, 2018

Big Brother is watching and scheming and up to no good—and, writes security technologist Schneier (Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, 2015), it looks like he’s winning.

By way of an opening gambit, the author posits three scenarios in which hackers take over machines and computer systems, from printers to power plants, both to demonstrate their ability to do so and to show how the interdependence of the web can easily be put to work against us. In one of those scenarios, real-world to the core, Russian hackers came into a Ukrainian power plant through a malware backdoor, “then remotely took control of the center’s computers and turned the power off.” That’s not just a threat to life, but it also erodes trust in social and economic systems, the basis for civil society. In another scenario, which gives the book its title, a “bio-printer” is hacked to “print a killer virus”—and does. Given all this, why don’t the governments and corporations of the world band together to do a better job of cybersecurity? Because, Schneier answers, there are powerful forces that thrive on the “wicked problem” of cybersecurity and insecurity, for one thing; for another, “big companies with few competitors don’t have much incentive to improve the security of their products, because users have no alternative.” With due pessimism, the author argues that individuals must do their best to harden their own security even as governments battle against encryption, anonymity, and other security measures by claiming that the “Four Horsemen of the Internet Apocalypse—terrorists, drug dealers, pedophiles, and organized crime”—will be the ultimate beneficiaries of secure systems. On a larger level, Schneier proposes resilient systems that provide multiple defensive layers as well as reform of international laws and the establishment of protocols for enhanced protection against the real bad guys…

Audio: Radio Interview on "Click Here To Kill Everybody"

  • NPR 1A
  • September 4, 2018

Bruce Schneier says that everything, basically, is a computer with some extra stuff attached.

When he wrote for New York Magazine, he described it this way:

Your modern refrigerator is a computer that keeps things cold. Your oven, similarly, is a computer that makes things hot. An ATM is a computer with money inside. Your car is no longer a mechanical device with some computers inside; it’s a computer with four wheels and an engine. Actually, it’s a distributed system of over 100 computers with four wheels and an engine. And, of course, your phones became full-power general-purpose computers in 2007, when the iPhone was introduced…

Video: How to Survive in a Hyperconnected World

  • Ford Foundation
  • August 29, 2018

“Policymakers need to understand tech in the same way tech people need to understand policy.”

As the internet gets more powerful and technology plays an increasing role in our lives, it becomes more and more important that we learn how to navigate uncharted technological territory. Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier looks at why it’s necessary for us to find innovative ways to use surveillance data to the benefit of the public good, while still maintaining our individual security.

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Governments Want Your Smart Devices to Have Stupid Security Flaws

  • Steven Aftergood
  • Nature
  • August 28, 2018

Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World Bruce Schneier W. W. Norton (2018)

Hardly a day now passes without reports of a massive breach of computer security and the theft or compromise of confidential data. That digital nightmare is about to get much worse, asserts security technologist Bruce Schneier in Click Here to Kill Everybody, his critique of government inertia on Internet security.

The burgeoning threat, writes Schneier, arises from the rapid expansion of online connectivity to billions of unsecured nodes. The Internet of Things, in which physical objects and devices are networked together, is well on its way to becoming an Internet of Everything. Over the past decade or so, a growing number of products have been sold with embedded software and communications capacity: household appliances, cars, medical instruments and even clothing can now be monitored and controlled from afar. More of the same is on the way, as smart homes yield to smart cities and automated systems assume a larger role in the management of critical infrastructure. The Stuxnet computer worm used to attack Iran’s uranium-enrichment programme remotely in 2010 was an early, audacious indicator of the threat…

Click Here to Kill Everybody by Bruce Schneier

  • Hannah Kuchler
  • Financial Times
  • August 26, 2018

The early architects of the internet did not want it to kill anybody. In cyber security expert Bruce Schneier’s new book, David Clark, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recalls their philosophy: "It is not that we didn’t think about security. We knew that there were untrustworthy people out there, and we thought we could exclude them".

Schneier describes how the internet, developed as a gated community, is now a battleground where these untrustworthy people cause great harm: harnessing computers to kill by crashing cars, disabling power plants and perhaps, soon enough, using bioprinters to cause epidemics…

Bruce Schneier (2015) Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, London & New York, W. W. Norton & Compan

  • Alecsandra Irimie-Ana
  • Journal of Comparative Research in Anthropology and Sociology
  • Summer 2018

Skepticism was the attitude governing my state of mind when I stared reading this book but it vanished as soon as I realized it challenged one of my deepest beliefs, namely: My life is so ordinary that no one, in their right minds, would bother monitor the routines. Out of my personal reflex as a psychiatrist I attributed paranoid tendencies to those concerned about being surveilled with the use of electronic devices. It might be that at an individual level, one’s life is not of primary interest, unless one is a public figure or is prosecuted for some sort of crime, but at a global level, the individual becomes an inexhaustible source of useful information no matter how mediocre their lives are and this is what the author wants to highlight from the very beginning…

Newsmaker Interview: Bruce Schneier on "Going Dark" and the Crypto Arms Race

  • Tom Spring
  • Threatpost
  • July 16, 2018

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?…

[Book Review] Data and Goliath by Bruce Schneier

  • Faiz Rahman
  • Center for Digital Society
  • May 9, 2018

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, one of the world’s foremost security experts, elaborates “surveillance in the digital era” issue comprehensively in his book …

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World

  • Mara Paun
  • Law, Innovation & Technology
  • May 2018

Data and Goliath is Bruce Schneier’s most recent book. Published in 2015, the book addresses the issues arising from governments’ and corporations’ great capabilities of mass surveillance, and the dangers they bring about. As Schneier aptly puts it, “[w]e live in the golden age of surveillance,” and this affects both our security as well as our freedoms (4). The book is meant to convey an eye-opening message: we need to change the status quo, and we need to do it soon.

Since its publication, Data and Goliath has been recognised as being a thought-provoking and compelling book about the reality of surveillance, leading Malcolm Gladwell[…

Schneier Talks Cyber Regulations, Slams U.S. Lawmakers

  • Rob Wright
  • SearchSecurity
  • April 19, 2018

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 …

Audio: Collective Intelligence Podcast, Bruce Schneier on Data Collection and Privacy

  • Mike Mimoso
  • Flashpoint
  • April 17, 2018

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…

Education Recs

What book has provided the greatest inspiration for your career?

  • AALL Spectrum
  • March 1, 2018


Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust That Society Needs to Thrive by Bruce Schneier (Wiley). “I picked up this book because it was about information security. In reading it, I discovered a much broader and more philosophical work. The core premise is that trust and cooperation are intrinsic to all human interactions, cultures, and societies. The author syn- thesizes research from a wide swath of disciplines, including computer security, econom- ics, evolutionary biology, law, neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. While it is an excellent book about security law and policy, I learned just as much about organizational structure and governance, rational decision-making, and the nature of innovation.”…

Bruce Schneier on Future Digital Threats

  • Hal Berghel
  • IEEE Computer
  • February 2018

Bruce Schneier is without question one of the leading computer security professionals alive today. A true renaissance man when it comes to IT security, he has been involved in the creation of a host of cryptographic algorithms (for example, Blowfish, Twofish, and Threefish); has written several books on cryptography and security topics, the most recent of which is Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World (W.W. Norton & Company, 2016); has extensive academic publications; is a prolific writer for magazines, newspapers, and his own blog (…

Video: The Truth About Terrorism with Bruce Schneier

  • Kensington TV
  • January 11, 2018

There are several risks to society that pose an even greater threat than terrorist attacks. Do you know what they are?

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Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.