Bruce Schneier talks the Cybersecurity Risks of an Autonomous Future

In this interview, we speak with cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier. Bruce is internationally renowned with multiple books, including Click Here to Kill Everybody.

Bruce shares his perspective on the broad security issues that need to be addressed in our autonomous future.

A crucial question to answer is, “Who will dictate policy?” Many of these technologies transcend federal governments, leaving some policymakers scratching their heads. Hopefully, this conversation moves us one step closer to answers.

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Meet Bruce Schneier, an internationally renowned cybersecurity expert, cryptographer, and privacy advocate. While, he refers to himself as just a "security technologist," The Economist Magazine prefers "security guru," "crypto-guru," or "cybersecurity guru."  He's nothing short of a household name in these fields.
Bruce is a Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Board Member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Tor Projects, and an Advisory Board Member to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). He founded Counterpane Internet Security, Inc and has written more than a dozen books on cybersecurity and cryptography.

Along the way, Bruce designed the Blowfish encryption algorithm and Twofish, which was a finalist in the US Government's hunt to create the AES -Advanced Encryption Standard. His newsletter Crypto-Gram and blog Schneier on Security have more than 250,000 readers.

Read Bruce's new book, "Click Here to Kill Everybody. Security and Survival in a Hyper-connected World"
The internet is powerful, but it is not safe. As "smart" devices proliferate the risks will get worse, unless we act now.

From driverless cars to smart thermostats, from autonomous stock-trading systems to drones equipped with their own behavioral algorithms, the internet now has direct effects on the physical world. While this computerized future, often called the Internet of Things, carries enormous potential, best-selling author Bruce Schneier argues that catastrophe awaits in its new vulnerabilities and dangers. Forget data theft: cutting-edge digital attackers can now literally crash your car, pacemaker, and home security system, as well as everyone else's. In Click Here to Kill Everybody, Schneier explores the risks and security implications of our new, hyper-connected era, and lays out common-sense policies that will allow us to enjoy the benefits of this omnipotent age without falling prey to the consequences of its insecurity. From principles for a more resilient Internet of Things to a recipe for sane government oversight, Schneier's vision is required reading for anyone invested in human flourishing.

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