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Don't Tell Alice and Bob: Security Maven Bruce Schneier Is Leaving IBM

  • Max Smolaks
  • The Register
  • July 1, 2019

Infosec veteran Bruce Schneier has said he’ll step down as a “special advisor” to IBM’s security business to, in part, focus his time on teaching the next generation of security pros.

Schneier said he also wanted to focus on work with nonprofit projects including Tor and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), where he is a board member.

The cryptographer, formerly BT’s chief security technology officer, has been writing about security since 1998 and has produced more than a dozen books, as well as hundreds of articles, essays and academic papers…

Q&A: Crypto-Guru Bruce Schneier on Teaching Tech to Lawmakers, Plus Privacy Failures—and a Call to Techies to Act

  • Iain Thomson
  • The Register
  • March 15, 2019

Politicians are, by and large, clueless about technology, and it’s going to be up to engineers and other techies to rectify that, even if it means turning down big pay packets for a while.

This was the message computer security guru Bruce Schneier gave at last week’s RSA Conference in San Francisco, during a keynote address, and it appeared to strike a chord with listeners. Schneier pointed out that, for lawyers, doing pro bono work was expected and a route to career success. The same could be true for the technology industry, he opined.

We sat down with Schneier to have a chat after he had finished autographing copies of his latest book …

Bruce Schneier: The US Government Is Coming for YOUR Code, Techies

Open source has won, but victory may be fleeting

  • Thomas Claburn
  • The Register
  • February 14, 2017

The Open Source Leadership Summit began on Tuesday amid roads closed by a landslide: held in The Resort at Squaw Creek near Lake Tahoe, California, it was not easily accessible to attendees traveling Highway 80 from the San Francisco Bay Area.

During his opening keynote, Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, made light of the mudslides that brought traffic to a crawl near Donner Pass on Monday evening. The trip at least was less arduous than it was last year, he said.

Zemlin’s remarks amounted to an open-source victory lap. Some 99.4 per cent of the world’s high performance computing systems, 90 per cent of the world’s stock exchanges, and 64 per cent of mobile devices run on Linux, he said, adding that the foundation’s projects have created $14.5 billion worth of value, as measured in cost per line of code…

Government Regulation Will Clip Coders' Wings, Says Bruce Schneier

Systems "too critical to allow programmers to do as they want"

  • John Leyden
  • The Register
  • June 10, 2016

Government regulation of the Internet of Things will become inevitable as connected kit in arenas as varied as healthcare and power distribution becomes more commonplace, according to security guru Bruce Schneier.

“Governments are going to get involved regardless because the risks are too great. When people start dying and property starts getting destroyed, governments are going to have to do something,” Schneier said during a keynote speech at the Infosecurity Europe trade show in London.

The choice is between smart (well-informed) or stupid government regulations with the possibility of non-interference getting taken off the table…

Q&A: Bruce Schneier on Joining IBM, IoT Woes, and Apple v. the FBI

It's going to get worse before it gets better

  • Iain Thomson
  • The Register
  • March 4, 2016

Security guru Bruce Schneier is a regular at shows like RSA and his talks are usually standing-room-only affairs.

Schneier has written some of the definitive texts for modern cryptography teaching and his current book, Data and Goliath, examines the perils and solutions to government and corporate surveillance of internet users. The Register sat down with him to talk over the news of the day, and to get an idea of where the security industry is going.

Q: First things first—you’re the CTO of Resilient Systems, which IBM is in the process of buying…

Bruce Schneier: We're Sleepwalking towards Digital Disaster and Are Too Dumb to Stop

Coders and tech bros playing chance with the future

  • Iain Thomson
  • The Register
  • March 2, 2016

Security guru Bruce Schneier has issued a stark warning to the RSA 2016 conference—get smart or face a whole world of trouble.

The level of interconnectedness of the world’s technology is increasing daily, he said, and is becoming a world-sized web—which he acknowledged was a horrible term—made up of sensors, distributed computers, cloud systems, mobile, and autonomous data processing units. And no one is quite sure where it is all heading.

“The world-sized web will change everything,” he said. “It will cause more real-world consequences, has fewer off switches, and gives more power to the powerful. It’s less being designed than created and it’s coming with no forethought or planning. And most people are unaware that it’s coming.”…

Global Crypto Survey Proves Govt Backdoors Completely Pointless

Like playing a frustrating game of whack-a-mole

  • Iain Thomson
  • Iain Thomson
  • February 11, 2016

In 1999, when a fierce crypto war was raging between governments and developers, researchers undertook a global survey of available encryption products.

Now security guru Bruce Schneier and other experts have repeated the exercise, and it spells bad news for those demanding backdoors in today’s cryptography.

The latest study analyzed 865 hardware and software products incorporating encryption from 55 countries, with a third of them coming from the US. That’s up from 805 in 35 countries in 1999.

The goal of the survey is to catalogue available products and applications, rather than score or rate them. The team did not have the time to evaluate each system in depth. One thing the list does demonstrate, though, is the wide availability of software with builtin encryption, distributed from all corners of the globe…

Bruce Schneier: "We're in Early Years of a Cyber Arms Race"

  • Neil McAllister
  • The Register
  • August 19, 2015

Security guru Bruce Schneier says there’s a kind of cold war now being waged in cyberspace, only the trouble is we don’t always know who we’re waging it against.

Schneier appeared onscreen via Google Hangouts at the LinuxCon/CloudOpen/ContainerCon conference in Seattle on Tuesday to warn attendees that the modern security landscape is becoming increasingly complex and dangerous.

"We know, on the internet today, that attackers have the advantage," Schneier said. "A sufficiently funded, skilled, motivated adversary will get in. And we have to figure out how to deal with that."…

We Stand on the Brink of Global Cyber War, Warns Encryption Guru

Schneier: Sony hack "high skill, high focused"

  • John Leyden
  • The Register
  • June 4, 2015

We are in the early years of a cyber war arms race, security guru Bruce Schneier warned delegates at the Infosecurity Europe exhibition on Wednesday.

Schneier, CTO of Resilient Systems, said the much publicised Stuxnet attacks on Iran by the US and Israel in 2010, Iran’s attack on Saudi Aramco, China’s apparent role in hacking GitHub, and the North Korean assault on Sony Pictures last year are all examples of the phenomenon.

“These nations are building up for cyber war and now we’re all in the blast radius,” he warned, while speaking in London…

Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath—Solution or Part of the Problem?

  • Andrew Orlowski
  • The Register
  • May 3, 2015

Think of some of the ways the Enlightenment helped advance the human individual. The ability to shape your identity. The ability to own and control your stuff. Economic autonomy. All three help to define the modern world, they’re ways we know that “now” is not like “before”. All three are founded on the sanctity of the individual. And all three are interlinked.

For example, our identity means little if you can’t express it creatively, by protecting your inventions and creations, and having some say over their use. You don’t have economic autonomy if an individual cannot negotiate what spoils come from exploiting the value of their work. Privacy is built on the same respect, and it’s a more modern and much more culturally specific—laws and norms come from what societies think and feel about the individual. Japanese and Chinese views on privacy are as different as German and American ideas are different…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.