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#RSAC: How to Hack Society

  • Sean Michael Kerner
  • Infosecurity
  • February 27, 2020

The method, procedures, and practices used by cybersecurity professionals have relevance beyond just the technology sphere; they can also be used to hack society.

That’s the view espoused by Bruce Schneier, security technologist, researcher, and lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, during a keynote session at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

“This is the big idea: we here in our community have developed some very effective techniques to deal with code and technology,” Schneier said. “Can our expertise in IT security transfer to broader social systems like the tax code, or the systems we use to choose our elected officials or the market economy?”…

What’s the Best Way to Use the Cloud to Store Personal Data?

  • Matthew Kassel
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • February 23, 2020

Excerpt

Cloud storage can be a worrisome proposition, particularly as our digital archives grow. Should you back up everything to the cloud, or just some things? Is there data you shouldn’t store in the cloud? And which services should you trust?

No definitive blueprint exists for proper care of your archives, but there are a number of strategies to consider as digital security becomes more of a concern. The Wall Street Journal hosted an email conversation with three experts on cloud storage and the security and privacy issues around it: Alexis Hancock, a staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Ray Lucchesi, president and founder of Silverton Consulting, a storage consulting-services agency; and Bruce Schneier, a security technologist who lectures on public policy at Harvard Kennedy School. Edited excerpts follow…

Audio: Bruce Schneier: On the Future of Public-Interest Tech

  • Humans of InfoSec
  • February 19, 2020

In our latest episode, renowned security technologist Bruce Schneier joined Caroline Wong for an enlightening conversation on the future of public-interest technology. Hailed as a “security guru” by The Economist, Bruce has authored more than a dozen books on security and cryptography, testified before Congress, and served on multiple government committees. Bruce is currently a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and a board member of the EFF, AccessNow, and the Tor Project. Hundreds of thousands of people regularly read his blog “Schneier on Security.” He joined Humans of InfoSec to discuss the future of ethical technology and the role technologists can play in positively shaping public policy…

Not Just about the Data

Cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier explains why IoT is a new kind of threat

  • Kevin Jackson
  • Science Node
  • February 17, 2020

The Internet of Things (IoT) finds its way into your life slowly at first. An Alexa device in the kitchen is soon accompanied by a connected camera for your doorbell. Before you know it, you’re surrounded by gadgets made cheaply by companies that believe security is, at best, an afterthought.

The IoT is fraught with vulnerability issues, and hackers may enlist these devices as players in malicious botnets. That said, the IoT’s security problems are often overblown in the media. Every new technology has its stumbles, but those mistakes can be corrected. …

Audio: Bruce Schneier: How Insecure, Unregulated Tech Is Endangering the World

  • Recode Decode
  • January 3, 2020

Security researcher Bruce Schneier talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher about his recent book, Click Here to Kill Everybody. He also explains why the internet of things is a “dumpster fire,” what regulations need to be implemented to keep people safe, and why the European Union and a few US states may determine the future of tech regulation.

Listen to the Audio on Apple.com, Spotify.com, or Player.fm

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

Listen to the Audio or Read the Full Transcript on 80000Hours.com

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

Watch the Video on YouTube.com

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…

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…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.