Bruce Schneier Is Leaving IBM

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….”

And we know Bruce Schneier believes the government must take the lead in getting industry and organizations to do more about cyber risk and security.

Schneier told us about this at SecureWorld Boston just before his keynote address.

[SecureWorld] What needs to shift right now in cybersecurity?

[Schneier] Really what we need is government to step in.

We are now living in the world that the market gives us in terms of security. This is it. This is what the market will reward. If we don’t like it, we need to do what government always does which is, perturb the market, right, to change the playing field. And we’ll do things like that all the time.

We have child labor laws. We have minimum wage laws. These are all perturbings of the market and we need to do that here in cybersecurity, just like we do in airline safety, and everything else and say “here are some minimal standards.” Here are some regulations, here are some mechanisms for liability.

We know how this works in every other aspect of society. We need to do it here. And as long as we don’t, we’re going to be stuck where we are now, which is with all this insecurity.

You can watch the SecureWorld interview with Bruce Schneier on YouTube.

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Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.