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Schneier: Next President May Face IoT Cyberattack That Causes People to Die

  • Darlene Storm
  • Computerworld
  • July 25, 2016

Some people may think the upcoming US presidential election is a Kobayashi Maru, a lose-lose scenario no matter who wins, but which candidate would best deal with a cyberattack that caused people to die?

In an article about how hacking the Internet of Things will result in real world disasters, security guru Bruce Schneier —who is not known for spreading FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) —was not talking about hacks against banks or the smart grid that would cause general chaos; oh no, he was describing hacks against devices connected to the internet which would actually result in people dying…

Security Expert Seeks to Make Surveillance Costly Again

  • Joab Jackson
  • Computerworld
  • November 7, 2013

The ongoing revelations of governmental electronic spying point to a problem larger than National Security Agency malfeasance, or even of security weaknesses. Rather the controversy arising from Edward Snowden’s leaked documents suggest we face unresolved issues around data ownership, argued security expert Bruce Schneier.

“Fundamentally, this is a debate about data sharing, about surveillance as a business model, about the dichotomy of the societal benefits of big data versus the individual risks of personal data,” Schneier told attendees of the Usenix LISA (Large Installation System Administration Conference), being held in Washington this week…

Bruce Schneier: "We Live in a Feudal Security World"

  • Divina Paredes
  • Computerworld
  • March 5, 2013

We live today in a “feudal security world”, says internationally renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier.”

We pledge our allegiance to the service providers — the likes of Google, Facebook – and expect them to provide us with security in return — akin to serfs and peasants paying tribute to their lords in the form of personal data, says Schneier, the author of Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive, and chief security technology officer at BT.

“What I am seeing is a shift in power on the internet, that we generally have less control over our IT infrastructure, our products, our user devices, our services. “We basically have to trust our vendors,” he says. “We just don’t have the ability to control security or configuration the way we did when we owned and controlled the platforms…

Bruce Schneier: We Need "Cyberwar Hotlines" to Match Nuclear Hotlines

  • Anh Nguyen
  • Computerworld
  • December 3, 2010

Security expert Bruce Schneier has called for governments to establish ‘hotlines’ between their cyber commands, much like the those between nuclear commands, to help them battle against cyber attacks.

Cyber security is high on the national agenda, and is regarded as a top threat to the UK’s security. It is also top a concern for other nations around the world. Last month, the EU announced plans to cybercrime centre by 2013, and it agreed with the US to set up a working group on cybersecurity. Meanwhile, NATO also adopted its Strategic Concept Charter, which outlines plans to develop new capabilities to combat cyber attacks on military networks…

The Insider

  • Stefan Hammond
  • Computerworld
  • February 12, 2008

Bruce Schneier, founder and CTO of Counterpane, outlines the cybercrime landscape enterprises face today. He explains to CWHK‘s Stefan Hammond that insiders are a problem, managed security services are a solution, and a determined crew with a chainsaw and a truck is a big problem.

CWHK: Computer security never seems to get better, only worse. Why?

Bruce Schneier: Because security is fundamentally not a technology problem–it’s a people problem. And while the technology continues to improve, increasing complexity makes the problem worse.

It’s war. But it’s much more interesting, and it’s always pervasive…

Bruce Almighty: Schneier preaches security to Linux faithful

Schneier is one of three keynote speakers at Linux.conf.au 2008 and speaks with Dahna McConnachie about his presentation, books and thoughts.

  • Dahna McConnachie
  • Computerworld
  • December 27, 2007

Internationally renowned security guru, Bruce Schneier, will be encouraging technologists at linux.conf.au to take a lesson from Luke Skywalker, and “feel the force” a little more when it comes to security.

Schneier, who is CTO of BT Counterpane, is one of the three keynote speakers at the 2008 Linux.conf.au. He joins Python release manager, Anthony Baxter and founding member of HP’s Linux division, Stormy Peters.

Dahna McConnachie speaks with Schneier about his talk, “Reconceptualising Security” and how technologists need to remember the importance of the human element. He also discusses cyber-war, what Linux has done for security, and the likelihood of another edition of Applied Cryptography…

Improved Security Requires IT Diversity

  • Jaikumar Vijayan
  • Computerworld
  • November 24, 2003

In his recently released book, Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World (Copernicus Books, 2003), security guru Bruce Schneier argues for a more common-sense and less technology-centric approach to both IT security and physical security. In this interview with Computerworld, Schneier shares his views on IT security.

You recently co-wrote the report “CyberInsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly. How the Dominance of Microsoft’s Products Poses a Risk to Security.” Would you have written it if the world had been standardized around another operating system? …

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.