Bruce Schneier: No "magic security dust"

Monday, 2 December 2002, 6:11 PM EST

This is an interview with Bruce Schneier, one of America's best-known computer security experts and co-founder of Counterpane Internet Security.

What's going to be different about the state of Internet and network security three years from now?

I think we're finally past the era where people believe in magic security dust, that all they need to do is buy the right set of products and their network will be imbued with the property of "secure." Security is a process. It's a journey.

Will security breaches become fewer or more frequent?

They will increase. As more of our infrastructure moves online, as more things that someone might want to access or steal move online, there will be more security breaches. As our networking systems become more complex, there will be more security breaches. As our computers get more powerful and more useful, there will be more security breaches. Everything about computer networks points to more security breaches in the future.

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