Bruce Schneier is a renowned American cryptographer and computer security professional. He is also known a prolific author. He is known to be the best person to answer every query about security and has earned a pseudonym as ‘Security Guru’. he did masters in computer science and soon started raising his intellect on network security and published various books. His first best-seller was the ‘Applied Cryptography’ where he explained the science behind secret codes. This book was well-appreciated as it was very informative for both aspiring cryptographers and the masses. His next book ‘Secrets and Lies’ on network and security was termed as a jewel box filled with useful surprises. Apart from books, he also publishes a free monthly newsletter called ‘Crypto-Gram’. He discusses the latest trends in the security world in this newsletter. Every word of wisdom that he expresses through his writings, books, interviews, newsletters and blog has a large readership. Go through the thoughts and quotes by the well-known cryptographer which reflects his immense intellect on technology and computer security. Here are few thoughts and quotations by Bruce Schneier on technology, internet, Google, espionage, dystopia, freedom and observation.
The more we expect technology to protect us from people in the same way it protects us from nature, the more we will sacrifice the very values of our society in futile attempts to achieve this security.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The mantra of any good security engineer is: 'Security is a not a product, but a process.' It's more than designing strong cryptography into a system; it's designing the entire system such that all security measures, including cryptography, work together.