Quotes by Bruce Schneier

Bruce Schneier

American cryptographer, computer security professional and writer

Alive from: 1963-

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

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    Digital files cannot be made uncopyable, any more than water can be made not wet.
    Source: Schneier, Bruce (2001)
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    ... if anyone thinks they can get an accurate picture of anyplace on the planet by reading news reports, they're sadly mistaken.
    Source: Schneier, Bruce (2005)
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    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.
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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.
    Source: Schneier, Bruce (2005)
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    Chaos is hard to create, even on the Internet. Here's an example. Go to Amazon.com. Buy a book without using SSL. Watch the total lack of chaos.
    Source: Biancuzzi, Federico (2005)
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    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.
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    If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don't understand the problems and you don't understand the technology.
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    It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state.
    Source: Secrets and Lies (2000)
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    More people are killed every year by pigs than by sharks, which shows you how good we are at evaluating risk.
    Source: Schneier, Bruce. Interview with Doug Kaye. IT Conversations: Bruce Schneier. 2004-04-16.
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    No one can duplicate the confidence that RSA offers after 20 years of cryptanalytic review.
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    Technical problems can be remediated. A dishonest corporate culture is much harder to fix.
    Source: Schneier, Bruce (2005)
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    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.
    Source: Bruce Schneier (1996)
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    There are two types of encryption: one that will prevent your sister from reading your diary and one that will prevent your government.
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    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.
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    We can't keep weapons out of prisons; we can't possibly expect to keep them out of airports.
    Source: Schneier, Bruce (2005)
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