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Bruce Schneier        

Cryptographer, Computer Security & Privacy Specialist, & Author

We share our private thoughts, images and details on Facebook, Snapchat, Amazon, WebMD and a myriad number of other sites that have become a fundamental part of our daily lives. At the same time, we receive almost daily reports of both personal and business security breaches and violations of privacy. From the sophisticated electronic theft of private financial information from the supposedly secure Target, TJMaxx and Goldman Sachs to the lax privacy protection of social media sites, it is clear that the benefits of releasing our information into the internet cloud are accompanied by opportunities for unintended access, dissemination and exploitation.

Bruce Schneier thinks hard about security and privacy, both from the pragmatic perspective as one of the world's leading computer security experts and from a philosophical view of what it means to be a private person in an age of unprecedented sharing and access. Described by The Economist as a “security guru,” Bruce Schneier is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator. When people want to know how security really works, they turn to Schneier.

His latest book, "Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World," explores the increasingly pervasive collection of the data from our daily lives. Your cellphone provider tracks your location. Your online and in-store purchasing patterns are recorded, and reveal if you’re unemployed, sick, or pregnant. Your e-mails and texts expose your intimate and casual friends. Google knows what you’re thinking because it saves your private searches. Corporations use surveillance to manipulate not only the news articles and advertisements we each see, but also the prices we're offered. Governments use surveillance to discriminate, censor, and chill free speech. And both sides share this information with each other or, even worse, lose it to cybercriminals in huge data breaches. Much of this is voluntary: we cooperate with corporate surveillance because it promises us convenience, and we submit to government surveillance because it promises us protection. The result is a mass surveillance society of our own making. But have we given up more than we’ve gained?

His first bestseller, "Applied Cryptography," explained how the arcane science of secret codes actually works, and was described by Wired as “the book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published.” His book on computer and network security, "Secrets and Lies," was called by Fortune “[a] jewel box of little surprises you can actually use.” Beyond Fear tackles the problems of security from the small to the large: personal safety, crime, corporate security, national security. And his book, "Schneier on Security," offers insight into everything from the risk of identity theft (vastly overrated) to the long-range security threat of unchecked presidential power and the surprisingly simple way to tamper-proof elections. Bruce is also the author of "Liars and Outliers."

Regularly quoted in the media — and subject of an Internet meme — he has testified on security before the United States Congress on several occasions and has written articles and op-eds for many major publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, Forbes, Wired, Nature, The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, and The Washington Post.

Schneier also publishes a free monthly newsletter, "Crypto-Gram," with over 150,000 readers. In its ten years of regular publication, "Crypto-Gram" has become one of the most widely read forums for free-wheeling discussions, pointed critiques, and serious debate about security. As head curmudgeon at the table, Schneier explains, debunks, and draws lessons from security stories that make the news.

Bruce Schneier is the founder and CTO of Counterpane Internet Security, Inc., the world's leading protector of networked information -- the inventor of outsourced security monitoring and the foremost authority on effective mitigation of emerging IT threats.

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Data and Goliath

The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World.


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Bruce Schneier at Infosecurity Europe 2016

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Security wizard Bruce Schneier joins the Tor Project

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In an article about how hacking the Internet of Things will result in real world disasters, security guru Bruce Schneier —who is not known for spreading FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) —was not talking about hacks against banks or the smart grid that would cause general chaos; oh no, he was describing hacks against devices connected to the internet which would actually result in people dying.

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