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Rise of the Machines: The Threat Posed by Growing Connectivity

An IT security expert has some dire warnings about our brave new world

  • Karlin Lillington
  • Irish Times
  • March 17, 2016

Either we start to disconnect our increasingly networked world or we risk daunting social, safety, security and privacy consequences, a leading computer security expert and author has warned.

In an expansive talk directly challenging widely held assumptions about the benefits of computing, networks and the internet, Bruce Schneier told a large audience at this year’s RSA Security Conference in San Francisco that we were moving towards a networked world so complex that we would be unable to safely manage it or adequately grapple with inevitable disasters…

"Against an Adequately Skilled, Adequately Funded Adversary, Our Defenses Don't Work"

Cryptologist Bruce Schneier tells RSA conference that focus should be on dealing with fallout of cyberattacks

  • Karlin Lillington
  • The Irish Times
  • April 30, 2015

Last year’s massive cyberattack on Sony—presumed to have been a nation state attack orchestrated by North Korea—presents many of the most pressing issues of catastrophic risk, says well known cryptologist and author Bruce Schneier, chief security officer at security company Resilient. In a talk at the RSA security conference in San Francisco, Schneier considered the timeline of the attack, and the response to it. During the event, hackers penetrated Sony’s network, stole data, and then embarrassed the company by slowly releasing private emails from executives, salary details, copies of unreleased films, and other sensitive information. The hack, which occurred over several weeks in November and December 2014, is believed to have been done in response to the studio’s release of the Seth Rogen comedy …

Internet Turned into "Giant Surveillance Platform" by NSA

  • Ruadhán Mac Cormaic
  • The Irish Times
  • October 6, 2014

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has turned the internet into a “giant surveillance platform,” a leading security specialist has said.

Bruce Schneier, who has written extensively on digital security and privacy, told an audience in Dublin tonight that the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden of large-scale surveillance by the NSA showed that we were living in a “golden age of surveillance.”

In a lecture for the human rights group Front Line Defenders, Mr. Schneier said the NSA’s role changed completely after the 9/11 attacks, when US intelligence agencies were given “an impossible mission: never again.” “The only way to ensure something doesn’t happen is to know everything that is happening,” he said…

Data Guru Says Secret to Security Is to Focus on People

  • Karlin Lillington
  • The Irish Times
  • October 3, 2008

WHEN IT comes to security, Bruce Schneier would like people to stop worrying about what he calls “movie plot” scenarios. Exploding aircraft, attacks on landmark buildings, the whole category of “cyberterrorism” all rankle with Schneier, who thinks the ultimate security risk is “people.”

He may not be a household name, but he is quite possibly the most namechecked security expert in the world among technologists – and science fiction fans.

Schneier, who with ponytail and greying beard looks pleasingly like an eminent cryptologist should look, created two of the best-known security algorithms, nicknamed Blowfish and Twofish, and wrote Applied Cryptography, the bible of the digital security industry. The Economist hails him as “a security guru.” He is even mentioned in The Da Vinci Code…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.