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Crypto genius Bruce Schneier leaves BT after eight years

UK telecoms firm denies giving him the boot
Wed Dec 18 2013, 15:05
Security Expert Bruce Schneier

PROMINENT SECURITY RESEARCHER Bruce Schneier will leave UK telecoms firm BT as CTO of Managed Security Services after eight years on the job.

Schneier is one of the most respected and well known security researchers and is known for his progressive stance on vulnerability disclosure.

According to The Register, a source close to the matter said BT kicked Schneier out of the company due to comments made about the NSA and GCHQ's mass surveillance activities.

However, BT denied that Schneier left on bad terms, and said that the working relationship had simply come to its "natural end".

"We can confirm that Bruce Schneier, BT's security futurologist, is leaving BT at the end of December 2013," is all a BT spokesperson would say.

In June Schneier joined the board of directors at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The EFF announced that Schneier joined its board to provide insight to the organisation as it tries to understand more about US National Security Agency (NSA) data collection.

Speaking at the RSA security conference in October 2012, Schneier said too much security is not a good idea and that society needs "defectors" - those people who don't follow the societal norms - because "too much security means we would be living in a police state".

Saying that no matter how much security you employ, cyber attacks will always be a problem due to "the balance of societal pressures", Schneier added, "A little bit of wriggle room makes people happy." µ


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