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Bruce Schneier: Governments Have a 'Stark' Lack of Expertise in IoT Security

But government involvement in IoT policies is inevitable, says security expert

  • Roland Moore-Colyer
  • V3
  • June 9, 2016

Governments lack the expertise to define security policy when it comes to the rapidly growing Internet of Things (IoT), according to Bruce Schneier, security technologist and a member of the Infosecurity Europe Hall of Fame.

Schneier explained that that governments approach topics such as the IoT and cyber security without the technical knowledge to understand the challenges.

“It’s surprising how stark the lack of expertise in tech is in these debates,” he said at Infosecurity Europe in London.

“Expertise in large correlation data bases, algorithmic decision making, IoT, cloud storage and computing, robotics, autonomous agents; these are all things that the government is going to run headlong into and needs to make decisions about…

Bruce Schneier: Web Attackers Are Trouncing Defenders

  • Dan Worth
  • June 5, 2014

Cyber defenders are currently fighting a losing battle against hackers and government agencies, according to security expert Bruce Schneier.

Speaking in London on Thursday, the security guru said that with cyber criminals’ attacks increasing in sophistication all the time, incidents like the Target credit card theft will only become more common.

“Security is a battle of attack versus defence and right now on the internet attack is much easier than defence,” he said at the Good Exchange event, attended by V3.

Schneier pointed to advanced persistent threats (APT) as an area where organisations are woefully ill-prepared to prevent attacks…

RSA London 2012: Governments Will Fail in Bid to Control Internet, claims Bruce Schneier

  • Alastair Stevenson
  • October 10, 2012

The world’s governments are destined to fail in their attempts to control the internet, according to BT security expert Bruce Schneier.

Schneier claimed that the internet is currently going through a dark period, with legislators creating ill-conceived cyber policies that are damaging rather than helping online developments.

“Governments are starting to use it [the internet] for power,” said Schneier at a press conference in London.

“We’re hitting a period in internet history where governments are seizing more control; one where governments that don’t understand the internet are trying to interfere with it.”…

RSA 2010: Q&A with Bruce Schneier

Schneier on security, SSL and squid

  • Iain Thomson
  • March 3, 2010 managed to get five minutes with security legend Bruce Schneier at RSA 2010 in San Francisco to get his views on the current threat landscape.

Yesterday we saw a presentation saying that anti-virus systems are failing 10-30 per cent of the time. What’s your take on that?
I don’t believe that, otherwise I’d be infected with lots of malware. If it is, I’m not paying attention. It’s true that signature-based anti-virus is reaching the end of its useful life, but I’m not seeing data that supports that position.

We’ve also seen Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) come under attack, and some experts are saying it is useless. Do you agree?…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.