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Security Is a State of Mind

Checking in with expert Bruce Schneier about the state of security.

  • Jon Erickson
  • Dr. Dobb's Journal
  • October 1, 2008

DDJ: A decade ago, you said that computer security, with all of its advances, would likely get worse in the future. Is this the way things turned out? If so, why? And what does this tell us about the next 10 years?

BS: It has gotten worse. In all of computer science, security is unique in that it has completely failed almost all the time. There are a lot of reasons for this, but the most important is complexity. Complexity is the worst enemy of security: as systems get more complex, they get less secure. So even though there have been, and continue to be, a constant stream of improvements in security—new ideas, new research, new techniques, new products, and services—things continue to get worse. Systems are getting more complex faster than security is improving, so we lose ground even as we get better…

2006 Dr. Dobb's Journal Excellence in Programming Award

  • Jonathan Erickson
  • Dr. Dobb's Journal
  • April 2006

The Dr. Dobb’s Journal Excellence in Programming Award is an annual award that acknowledges individuals who, in the spirit of innovation and cooperation, have made significant contributions to the advancement of software development. Past recipients include leaders and thinkers in the development community such as Linus Torvalds, James Gosling, Erich Gamma, Guido van Rossum, Jon Bentley, Anders Hejlsberg, P.J. Plauger, and Guy Steele Jr., among others.

This year’s recipient — Bruce Schneier — is unique in that he has long been a member of the …

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.