Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier
Bruce Schneier
  • Born: January 15, 1963
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Scientist

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Beware the Four Horsemen of the Information Apocalypse: terrorists, drug dealers, kidnappers, and child pornographers. Seems like you can scare any public into allowing the government to do anything with those four. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Beware the Four Horsemen of the Information Apocalypse: terrorists, drug dealers, kidnappers, and child pornographers. Seems like you can scare any public into allowing the government to do anything with those four. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Digital files cannot be made uncopyable, any more than water can be made not wet. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
More people are killed every year by pigs than by sharks, which shows you how good we are at evaluating risk. Human Nature
Technical problems can be remediated. A dishonest corporate culture is much harder to fix. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Regulation & Deregulation
Technical problems can be remediated. A dishonest corporate culture is much harder to fix. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The point of terrorism is to cause terror, sometimes to further a political goal and sometimes out of sheer hatred. The people terrorists kill are not the targets; they are collateral damage. And blowing up planes, trains, markets or buses is not the goal; those are just tactics. The real targets of terrorism are the rest of us: the billions of us who are not killed but are terrorized because of the killing. The real point of terrorism is not the act itself, but our reaction to the act. And we're doing exactly what the terrorists want. Terrorism
There are two kinds of cryptography in this world: cryptography that will stop your kid sister from reading your files, and cryptography that will stop major governments from reading your files. Secrecy & Transparency ;Privacy, Abortion & Family Planning
Air travel survived decades of terrorism, including attacks which resulted in the deaths of everyone on the plane. It survived 9/11. It'll survive the next successful attack. The only real worry is that we'll scare ourselves into making air travel so onerous that we won't fly anymore. Travel
Despite fearful rhetoric to the contrary, terrorism is not a transcendent threat. A terrorist attack cannot possibly destroy our country's way of life; it's only our reaction to that attack that can do that kind of damage. Life
I am regularly asked what the average Internet user can do to ensure his security. My first answer is usually 'Nothing; you're screwed'. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don't understand the problems and you don't understand the technology. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
It's frustrating; terrorism is rare and largely ineffectual, yet we regularly magnify the effects of both their successes and failures by terrorizing ourselves.
No one can duplicate the confidence that RSA offers after 20 years of cryptanalytic review.
People don't understand computers. Computers are magical boxes that do things. People believe what computers tell them. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The user's going to pick dancing pigs over security every time. Time
There are two types of encryption: one that will prevent your sister from reading your diary and one that will prevent your government. Government
There's an entire flight simulator hidden in every copy of Microsoft Excel 97.
Think of your existing power as the exponent in an equation that determines the value of information. The more power you have, the more additional power you derive from the new data. Power
When a big company lays you off, they often give you a year's salary to 'go pursue a dream.' If you're stupid, you panic and get another job. If you're smart, you take the money and use the time to figure out what you want to do next. Time ;Money, Coins & Minting
When people are scared, they need something done that will make them feel safe, even if it doesn't truly make them safer. Politicians naturally want to do something in response to crisis, even if that something doesn't make any sense. But unfortunately for politicians, the security measures that work are largely invisible. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You can't defend. You can't prevent. The only thing you can do is detect and respond.