Found in an old, dilapidated copy of “Good Omens”, possibly from a convention held long, long ago:
“Room Party, Friday night at 9:30, Room 3064, Hosted by Bruce Schneier; Come celebrate the publication of another travelogue, and whatever else we can think of worth celebrating.” It must of been a great party because I can’t remember a thing! Anyway, here’s a good interview with Bruce.
“It’s been ten years since Bruce Schneier – founder of security monitoring firm Counterpane Internet Security – launched his newsletter, Crypto-Gram, which expanded from covering computer security issues to a broader investigation into security issues of all sorts. Now Counterpane belongs to BT, where Schneier is chief security technology officer, and as he tells global technology editor John C Tanner security is still a hard sell.
Telecom Asia: Your background is computer security and cryptography – how did you end up applying that knowledge into the world at large?
Schneier: I think it’s just what happens when I start looking at something. I start looking at the bigger picture. The first sort of major milestone was the post 9/11 issue. I just couldn’t stop writing, and that’s how I processed what happened.
T.A: It seems you’re better known now for your writings on security than for the company you founded, Counterpane. For those who don’t know, what did Counterpane do before it was bought by BT, and what’s its status now?
Schneier: Counterpane is part of BT professional services in BT Americas, though it’s selling worldwide. And it’s still doing what it was doing, and the core is real-time security monitoring. The idea is that there are lots of security products out there, but if you’re not watching them, they don’t do any good. So that’s always been what it was, and then there’s a whole suite of services built around security monitoring. There’s all sorts of management, device management, configuration help, but all built around real-time monitoring. That’s a critical piece BT needed, and we started working together, and then they decided to just to buy us. The other thing we get out of it is that BT also bought INS. So this amalgamated group is the INS security consulting services and our managed security services.”