Bruce Schneier

Updated: 11/16/2019 by Computer Hope
Bruce Schneier

Name: Bruce Schneier

Born: January 15, 1963, in New York City, New York USA

Computer-related contributions

  • American computer security and privacy specialist, cryptographer, and writer.
  • Chief technology officer of Co3 Systems (2014).
  • Program fellow at the New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute.
  • Contributing writer for The Guardian news organization.
  • Board member of EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation).
  • Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.
  • Founder and former chief technology officer of BT Managed Security Solutions.

Significant publications

  • Carry On: Sound Advice from Schneier on Security (2013).
  • Liars and Outliers: Enabling the Trust that Society Needs to Thrive (2012).
  • Cryptography Engineering (2010).
  • Schneier on Security (2008).
  • Practical Cryptography (2003).
  • Beyond Fear: Thinking Sensibly About Security in an Uncertain World (2003).
  • Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World (2000).

Honors and awards

  • Awarded an honorary Ph.D from the University of Westminster in London, England (2011).


"I am regularly asked what the average Internet user can do to ensure his security. My first answer is usually 'Nothing; you're screwed'."

"If researchers don't go public, things don't get fixed. Companies don't see it as a security problem; they see it as a PR problem."

"You can't defend. You can't prevent. The only thing you can do is detect and respond."