Securing a World of Physically Capable Computers

Thursday, December 06, 2018 at 7:00pm

Building 32, 32-449
32 VASSAR ST, Cambridge, MA 02139

IEEE Computer Society and GBC/ACM

7:00 PM, Thursday, 6 December 2018

MIT Room 32-G449 (Kiva)

This talk will be webcast on the MIT CSAIL Youtube channel beginning at 7pm.

Securing a World of Physically Capable Computers

Bruce Schneier

Computer security is no longer about data; it's about life and property. This change makes an enormous difference, and will shake up our industry in many ways. First, data authentication and integrity will become more important than confidentiality. And second, our largely regulation-free Internet will become a thing of the past. Soon we will no longer have a choice between government regulation and no government regulation. Our choice is between smart government regulation and stupid government regulation. Given this future, it's vital that we look back at what we've learned from past attempts to secure these systems, and forward at what technologies, laws, regulations, economic incentives, and social norms we 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 best-seller Click Here to Kill Everybody -- 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, AccessNow, 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 IBM Resilient.

You can read more about him at and follow his blog at

This joint meeting of the Boston Chapter of the IEEE Computer) Society and GBC/ACM will be held in MIT Room 32-G449 (the Kiva conference room on the 4th floor of the Stata Center, buildng 32 on MIT maps) .  You can see it on this map of the MIT campus.

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