I wanted to take a moment and recommend one of my favorite resources for security and privacy intelligence. Schneier on Security.
When it comes to security – both online and off – there are few in the world I think of as more qualified an expert as Bruce Schneier. I’ve been reading Schneier on Security – Bruce’s blog covering security and security technology, for years, and I recommend it to you. From his website bio:
Bruce Schneier is an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist. He is the author of 12 books — including Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust Society Needs to Survive — as well as hundreds of articles, essays, and academic papers. His influential newsletter “Crypto-Gram” and his blog “Schneier on Security” are read by over 250,000 people. He has testified before Congress, is a frequent guest on television and radio, has served on several government committees, and is regularly quoted in the press. Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, a program fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Security Futurologist for BT — formerly British Telecom.
I love reading Bruce – to me he has a way of taking the complex components of security and privacy and breaking it down and presenting it in understandable terms.
Take issues like the NSA and Snowden episode. Privacy and security issues pop up all the time and expose particular concerns with data privacy and security.
As an internet citizen, an email technologist, and being marketing minded – my first thoughts on impact are always towards the effect on our online experiences and how we are marketed to.
Of course the issues often are much deeper and wider than online marketing. Bruce is one of those thinkers that remind me of the more substantive effects there are against our base freedoms as citizens and the balance against security, convenience and freedom when it comes to our own government.
I enjoyed his recent post, How to Remain Secure Against the NSA. We’ve all been tipped off or reminded recently about how deep and effective the NSA’s listening capabilities really are. Whether for practical purposes or just as a thought exercise, Bruce explores the ways in which you might try to avoid being spied on by the NSA. Take away? Whether it be friend or foe – Real security ain’t easy.
So, put Schneier on Security onto your reading list – as I and many others already know – it’s one of the best resources on security available. Enjoy!