News: 2019 Archives

Audio: Bruce Schneier on How Insecure Electronic Voting Could Break the United States—and Surveillance Without Tyranny

  • Robert Wiblin and Keiran Harris
  • 80000 Hours
  • October 25, 2019

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Nobody is in favor of the power going down. Nobody is in favor of all cell phones not working. But an election? There are sides. Half of the country will want the result to stand and half the country will want the result overturned; they’ll decide on their course of action based on the result, not based on what’s right.

Bruce Schneier

November 3 2020, 10:32PM: CNN, NBC, and FOX report that Donald Trump has narrowly won Florida, and with it, re-election.

November 3 2020, 11:46PM:…

Video: "Click Here To Kill Everybody" Book Review by Cybersecurity Expert Scott Schober

  • Scott Schober
  • YouTube
  • October 18, 2019

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Forget the fact that this esteemed security expert is also a cryptographer and author of seminal cybersecurity books including Data and Goliath and Liars and Outliers…does Click Here to Kill Everybody live up to its own hype or is is just all theatrics?

Although I’ve never met Bruce Schneier, I can gather from his personality and the way my colleagues speak of him that he is the security expert’s expert. Up until June of this year, Bruce was the CTO for Resilient Systems, a private company that offered incident response solutions. Basically, IBM saw that they were doing good work cleaning up corporate security messes all over the infosec world and entered into an agreement with them not too long before acquiring them back in 2016. Schneier, their CTO had already made a name for himself as a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and also as a burgeoning writer of many technical publications on cryptography and books on cybersecurity…

Cyber Canon Book Review: Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World

  • John Davis
  • Palo Alto Networks Blog
  • September 30, 2019

Bottom Line: I recommend this book for the Cybersecurity Canon Hall of Fame.

Review: Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World is Schneier’s best book to date. I recommend that every cybersecurity professional read it.

Schneier begins this book with the premise that everything is becoming a computer, and computers are increasingly connected to and affect one another in ways that provide exponential opportunities for personal convenience and market leverage. This dynamic also provides governments and militaries around the world with unique opportunities to gain advantage against their adversaries or potential adversaries…

Video: What You Need to Know about Security in Government

  • Code for America
  • August 29, 2019

When trying to bring government services into the digital age, we are always trying to build the right thing and build the thing right. But when time is of the essence and budgets are constrained, security can sometimes fall to the second tier of priorities as a nice-to-have, but not essential, element. How do we make security a priority while delivering on services that people urgently need? At Code for America Summit we turned to Bruce Schneier: public interest technologist, Special Advisor to IBM Security, fellow and lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School, and one of our foremost experts on cybersecurity in government…

Wanted: "Public-Interest Technologists" to Inform Raging Debates on Cybersecurity Policy

  • Charlie Mitchell
  • Inside Cybersecurity
  • August 12, 2019

LAS VEGAS. Technologists are the missing voice in cyber policy debates on issues ranging from encryption to supply-chain security, says Bruce Schneier of Harvard Law’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, who made several presentations here calling for development of a robust “public- interest technologist” community to help shape laws and rules for this technology century.

As an example, he pointed to a “25-year debate on ‘going dark,’” or whether government should be able to access encrypted communications, and said, “It’s a scare term. We’ll never get the policy right if the policy makers get the technology wrong.”…

Audio: Autonomous Vehicle Security Deep Dive w/Bruce Schneier

  • Ken Dunlap
  • Thinking through Automony
  • August 7, 2019

We drill all the way down to the CPU level in this follow-on discussion of autonomous vehicle security. This encore episode with cyber-guru, Bruce Schneier, is in response to the requests we received on Reddit, LinkedIn, and email for a deeper dive after our recent conversation with him.

We start with a simple question, “Who is the threat actor we need to protect our vehicles from?” Bruce’s answer has lessons in it for everyone from a user to a government regulator. We also talk about principles teams can incorporate into their design process. Our discussion then leads to vulnerabilities in COTS and ends with considerations for CPU security…

Book Review: Data and Goliath

  • Hagai Bar-El
  • Hagai Bar-El on Security
  • July 28, 2019

After sitting in my reading list for years, I finally got to read “Data and Goliath” by Bruce Schneier. Overall, this book is as well written as all of Schneier’s books, and is just as scientifically accurate (to the best that I could tell). However, whoever the audience for his book is, they may find it missing essential parts that make it not just a pleasant read, but also a useful one.

This book is written so clearly that reading it will flow well for security professionals and the general public alike. I recommended it to a few acquaintances who are not security savvy nor even technologists, but who should know more about the information exchange ecosystem that they fuel with their personal data…

Audio: Bruce Schneier Talks the Cybersecurity Risks of an Autonomous Future

  • Ken Dunlap
  • Thinking Through Automony
  • July 22, 2019

In this interview, we speak with cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier. Bruce is internationally renowned with multiple books, including Click Here to Kill Everybody.

Bruce shares his perspective on the broad security issues that need to be addressed in our autonomous future.

A crucial question to answer is, “Who will dictate policy?” Many of these technologies transcend federal governments, leaving some policymakers scratching their heads. Hopefully, this conversation moves us one step closer to answers.

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"Tu Coche Ya Está Conectado a Internet y Ahora Cualquiera Puede Usarlo para Matarte"

  • Manuel Ángel Méndez
  • El Confidencial
  • July 11, 2019

“¿Alarmista? ¡Qué va! Es un gran título, estoy orgulloso de él. Recuerda: los títulos están para vender libros”. Bruce Schneier suelta una carcajada recostado en el sofá de su casa en Minneapolis (Minesota), donde vive desde hace años. En realidad tendría que estar en Madrid con motivo de la publicación en castellano de su último libro, ‘Haz clic aquí para matarlos a todos” (Ed. Temas de Hoy – Planeta), pero al final el café se ha quedado en videollamada. Criptógrafo, profesor en Harvard y uno de los expertos en ciberseguridad más renombrados a nivel mundial…

Click Here to Kill Everybody: A Review

  • Hidde de Vries
  • July 5, 2019

This week I read Click Here to Kill Everybody, a book that is at the same time worrying and encouraging. A security nightmare is waiting to happen, but there is still time to save the world. Yeah, the book is a tad dramatic, but generally a great read that I can recommend.

More and more devices are connected to the internet, and it is not just traditional devices with browsers, like desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones. It’s also things like washing machines and fridges. Even in mission critical things like thermostats, pacemakers and nucleair power plants. We, humans, are in the middle of this new world: we give input to and accept output from our devices. In his book …

Bruce Schneier Is Leaving IBM

  • Bruce Sussman
  • SecureWorld
  • July 3, 2019

Bruce Schneier announced in a blog post that his three-year stint at IBM is officially over:

“Today is my last day at IBM.

If you’ve been following along, IBM bought my startup Resilient Systems in Spring 2016. Since then, I have been with IBM, holding the nicely ambiguous title of ‘Special Advisor.’ As of the end of the month, I will be back on my own.

I will continue to write and speak, and do the occasional consulting job. I will continue to teach at the Harvard Kennedy School. I will continue to serve on boards for organizations I believe in….”…

Bruce Schneier Moves on from IBM

  • Kevin Townsend
  • SecurityWeek
  • July 2, 2019

Bruce Schneier announced in a brief blog post, “I’m leaving IBM.” His three-year stint with what he calls “the nicely ambiguous title of ‘Special Advisor’” ended at the end of June 2019. He gives no specific future plans beyond saying that he will continue to write, speak, teach and occasionally consult.

Schneier has been a cybersecurity luminary since his book Applied Cryptography was published in 1994. Since then he has developed several ciphers, including Blowfish, Twofish, Threefish, and MacGuffin. Twofish was one of the five finalists in the NSA encryption contest that ultimately led to the selection of Rijndael as the Advanced Encryption Standard…

Book Review: Click Here to Kill Everybody

  • Coleman Wolf, CPP, CISSP
  • Security Management
  • July 2019

With the advent of Internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence, and robotics, the threat to cybersecurity has entered a new stage in which risks to privacy, integrity, and availability are further amplified, and it has grown to include risk to personal safety and other catastrophic physical world consequences. Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-Connected World explains the state of cybersecurity, the impact on trust of our technical and social systems, and recommendations for getting to a safer and more secure future…

Don't Tell Alice and Bob: Security Maven Bruce Schneier Is Leaving IBM

  • Max Smolaks
  • The Register
  • July 1, 2019

Infosec veteran Bruce Schneier has said he’ll step down as a “special advisor” to IBM’s security business to, in part, focus his time on teaching the next generation of security pros.

Schneier said he also wanted to focus on work with nonprofit projects including Tor and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), where he is a board member.

The cryptographer, formerly BT’s chief security technology officer, has been writing about security since 1998 and has produced more than a dozen books, as well as hundreds of articles, essays and academic papers…

Audio: SwigCast, Episode 2: Encryption

  • John Leyden
  • The Daily Swig
  • June 27, 2019

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Encryption underpins the security of everything from digital purchases to private chats, and is a technology that has existed in one form or another for as long as human beings have shared secrets.

Having initially started out as a means for rulers and armies to pass on confidential messages, the technology has evolved into an everyday necessity to protect the credit card details of online shoppers and conversations of smartphone users.

But even though its daily presence has made encryption a topic that’s rarely out of the news, an ongoing conflict between law enforcement and techies has left the general public with little understanding of its actual importance…

Apocalipsis digital: cómo evitar que el ser humano se extinga por culpa de internet

  • Jorge Benítez
  • El Mundo
  • June 25, 2019

«El único sistema verdaderamente seguro es el que se apaga, se coloca en un bloque de hormigón y se sella en una habitación revestida de plomo con guardias armados. Aun así tengo mis dudas». Son palabras de Gene Spafford, experto en ciberseguridad. pronunciadas en 1989, cuando internet estaba en pañales.

Tenía razón.

La semana pasada las autoridades estadounidenses explicaron abochornadas cómo el sistema de comunicaciones más sensible del mundo había sido hackeado. La NASA había tenido una brecha de seguridad por la que unos hackers …

Audio: How Government Can Secure Us in the Internet+ Era

  • The Government We Need
  • June 18, 2019

The internet was not originally designed with security in mind. In the early days, this was OK, but today the landscape is more complicated because, in the internet+ era, nearly everything is connected to the internet. A spreadsheet crashes, and you lose your data. A heart device crashes, and you lose your life. Both are computers, maybe connected to the same CPU or operating system. The only difference is that the computers are attached to different things.

In this episode of The Government We Need, we interview Bruce Schneier, an American cryptographer, computer security professional, privacy specialist and writer. Bruce is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. His influential newsletter “Crypto-Gram” and his blog “Schneier on Security” are read by over 250,000 people. He is the author of over one dozen books—including his latest, …

Audio: Bruce Schneier on Cybersecurity

  • William Campbell
  • Challenging Opinions
  • June 3, 2019

Bruce Schneier spoke with William Campbell on the Challenging Opinions podcast.

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Audio: Scrambled Hidden Potato Device with Bruce Schneier

  • Random but Memorable
  • May 21, 2019

Bruce Schneier was interviewed by Michael Fey (Roo) on the Random but Memorable podcast. The interview begins about 20 minutes in.

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Black Hat Q&A: Bruce Schneier Calls For Public-Interest Technologists

  • Alex Wawro
  • Dark Reading
  • May 20, 2019

Veteran security researcher, cryptographer, and author Bruce Schneier is one of the many cybersecurity experts who will be speaking at Black Hat USA in Las Vegas this August.

He’s presenting Information Security in the Public Interest, a 50-minute Briefing about why it’s so important for public policy discussions to include technologists with practical understanding of how today’s tech can be used and abused.

Schneier has become a vocal advocate for more public-minded technologists, noting in a recent interview with Dark Reading that “in a major law firm, you are expected to do some percentage of pro bono work. I’d love to have the same thing happen in technology.”…

Summit 2019: Cybersecurity and Public Interest Tech with Bruce Schneier

  • Code for America
  • April 24, 2019

Code for America Summit is just around the corner, and in the coming weeks we’ll be giving you a preview of our lineup of inspiring speakers. These are leaders in tech and government who not only share our vision for a radically improved future for government services, but show what works and imagine what’s possible. Want to hear more? It’s not too late to get your tickets!

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist who has testified before Congress and served on several government committees. Schneier is a fellow at the …

Audio: Is Online Convenience Worth the Trade-Off for Less Cybersecurity?

  • BYU Radio
  • April 15, 2019

Marcus Smith interviewed Bruce Schneier on BYU Radio’s “Constant Wonder.”

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  • 李玟儀
  • Business Weekly
  • April 10, 2019

在訪問被CNN譽為「全球最頂尖的密碼學家」布魯斯.施奈爾(Bruce Schneier)之前,我們很容易開始聯想各種神秘形象。畢竟,密碼這個關鍵字,總出現在情報、特務與駭客電影中,連電影《不可能的任務:鬼影行動》扯到核彈交易案時,也會有密碼學家的戲分。


現職:IBM Resilient 技術長暨資安事業部特別顧問、哈佛大學伯克曼網路與社會研究中心研究員…

These Two Books Explain How to Fix Our Broken Security Industry

Organizations spend billions each year on security, but much of that spend is on the wrong things. These books will point you in the right direction.

  • Roger A. Grimes
  • CSO
  • April 4, 2019


Bruce Schneier’s Click Here to Kill Everybody

Bruce has been looking at the problems and solutions for decades. Across his career, he tends to focus on the very basic, underlying, foundational issues such as human biology or the larger, strategic issues around how countries and their governments should try to fix the problems. His latest book, Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World, focuses mostly on the latter. It’s his ultimate capstone book from decades of looking at the problems, analyzing how governments are trying to improve things, and what it would take to really get progress…

Audio: Collective Intelligence Podcast, Bruce Schneier on Public-Interest Tech

  • Flashpoint
  • April 1, 2019

Given the measure by which technology invades every aspect of our lives, the need to have technologists involved in crucial public-interest conversations is growing exponentially.

But that isn’t happening today at any kind of significant scale, and leaders such as Bruce Schneier are trying to change that.

Schneier, a cryptography pioneer, fellow, and lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy Business School, has taken up the cause of public-interest technology and is trying to bring awareness to the current state of affairs, and how not only security professionals but technologists in all fields can make a difference…

Q&A: Crypto-Guru Bruce Schneier on Teaching Tech to Lawmakers, Plus Privacy Failures—and a Call to Techies to Act

  • Iain Thomson
  • The Register
  • March 15, 2019

Politicians are, by and large, clueless about technology, and it’s going to be up to engineers and other techies to rectify that, even if it means turning down big pay packets for a while.

This was the message computer security guru Bruce Schneier gave at last week’s RSA Conference in San Francisco, during a keynote address, and it appeared to strike a chord with listeners. Schneier pointed out that, for lawyers, doing pro bono work was expected and a route to career success. The same could be true for the technology industry, he opined.

We sat down with Schneier to have a chat after he had finished autographing copies of his latest book …

Audio: Security Concerns Rise As More Household Items Join The Internet World

  • Natalie Guyette
  • Wisconsin Public Radio
  • January 29, 2019

Companies are making it easier than ever for consumers to flood their homes with internet-capable appliances and electronics—maybe too easy. We hear from a security technologist who explains why he believes we need more regulation and more government oversight when it comes to internet security and our future network of smart-equipped items.

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Audio: The Existential Threat of Hyper-Connecting the World

  • Decentralize This!
  • January 29, 2019

“It’s not really about our data and our privacy—that’s the old world. The old world was somebody hacked my spreadsheet and got my data. The new world is someone hacked my embedded pacemaker and killed me.”

—Bruce Schneier

Hello to the community! We’re proud to share the first special episode of Decentralize This!, Enigma’s podcast hosted by Tor Bair.

Today our guest is Bruce Schneier. Bruce is one of the world’s foremost security experts and researchers, having authored hundreds of articles, essays, and papers as well as over a dozen books. He is a fellow at the …

Audio: Data Privacy Day Episode of "Firewalls Don't Stop Dragons"

  • Carey Parker
  • Firewalls Don't Stop Dragons
  • January 28, 2019

We’re celebrating international Data Privacy Day along with the 100th episode of Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons! And what a show we have! My guest today is none other than Bruce Schneier: internationally renowned security technologist and author of 14 books, including the best-seller Click Here to Kill Everybody! Bruce and I discuss the current state of data privacy and what it’s going to take to rein in the corporations that are buying and selling our data with abandon.

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Video: The Missing Piece in Cybersecurity is Government

  • Defence24
  • January 25, 2019

Bruce Schneier spoke with Defence24 about cybersecurity. The questions are in Polish and answers in English.

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Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.