Video, PodcastDecember 7 2016

Security and Privacy in a Hyper-Connected World

Bruce Schneier

Databite No.91

Bruce Schneier presents Security and Privacy in a Hyper-Connected World.



We have created a world where information technology permeates our economies, social interactions, and intimate selves. The combination of mobile, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, persistent computing, and autonomy is resulting in something altogether different — a world-sized web. This World-Sized Web promises great benefits, but it is also vulnerable to a host of new threats from users, criminals, corporations, and governments. These threats can now result in physical damage and even death.

In this talk, Bruce Schneier takes a retrospective look back at what we have learned from past attempts to secure these systems. He also pushes us forward to seriously consider what technologies, laws, regulations, economic incentives, and social norms we will need to secure them in the future.

Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a security guru by The Economist. He is the author of 14 books, including The New York Times best-seller Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Collect Your Data and Control Your World, as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter Crypto-Gram and blog Schneier on Security are read by over 250,000 people. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project, and an advisory board member of EPIC and He is also a special advisor to IBM Security and the Chief Technology Officer of Resilient.

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