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FIX THE INTERNET BEFORE IT FIXES US— Technologist Bruce Schneier is out with his latest book and his most alarming title yet: “Click Here to Kill Everybody.” In fact, it’s one of the most ominous in the entire cybersecurity canon. Even in his introduction, Schneier admits to hyperbole, yet writes the title isn’t without merit since “we’re already living in a world where computer attacks can crash cars and disable power plants—both actions that can easily result in catastrophic deaths if done at scale.”
So, OK, it’s scary. In this outing, published last week, Schneier digs into the dangers posed by the rapid spread of internet connectivity into all our things. But since he doesn’t think the marketing term “internet of things” is encompassing enough, he coined his own term: Internet+. If you’ve followed Schneier’s career or seen his many talks at cybersecurity conferences, much of what he’s writing about won’t seem new. And since that’s probably many of you, we’re going highlight just a few of his policy recommendations (there are many more in the book) and predictions (more of those, too) when it comes to fixing what he calls the “sloppy state of Internet+ security.”…
Bruce Schneier says the key to good security is accepting that perfect security doesn’t exist.
Last fall, not long after Bruce Schneier quietly revealed himself as the cryptographer who had helped journalist Glenn Greenwald review Edward Snowden’s NSA documents, he found himself on CNN International, talking about allegations that the United States had spied on the chancellor of Germany.
An exasperated host beamed Schneier in from Minneapolis, where he lives, and asked him to “help us,” as she put it, “decipher this enigma.” Schneier is a legendary encryption specialist who has written or edited 13 books on the subject, and worked for the Department of Defense, telecommunications companies, banks and governments. Most recently, he’s been a vocal advocate of the idea that the best security systems accept a reasonable amount of risk; a blind focus on protecting against every threat, he says, usually comes with unexpected costs…
Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.