Talks: 2010 Archives
Mr. Schneier examined the future of cyber war and cyber security. He explored the current debate on the threat of cyber war, questioning whether or not the threat had been over-stated, positing that it had. He then explored the range of attacks that have taken place, including the Latvian DOS attack in 2007 and the Stuxnet worm, which was designed to attack an industry control system.
The address concluded with an exploration of the future of international treaties on cyber war, suggesting possible treaties might focus on the appropriateness of attacking civilian targets, the issue of trojan attacks and other topics.
The feeling of security and the reality of security don't always match, says computer-security expert Bruce Schneier. In his talk, he explains why we spend billions addressing news story risks, like the "security theater" now playing at your local airport, while neglecting more probable risks—and how we can break this pattern.
The Internet is the greatest generation gap since rock and roll. The older of us need to be prepared for a younger generation that doesn't understand where their computer or smartphone ends and the Internet begins. Trends like consumerization, cloud computing, and web-based everything result in an Internet generation that is socially sophisticated yet technically naive. What will security look like in this new world?
Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.