Doug Bedell — March 18, 2013, 9:28 am

Schneier Sees a Horrendous Attack As Inevitable

Call it extreme pessimism or simply realism, Bruce Schneier’s view of our exposure to a devastating security breach is not casually voiced. “If security won’t work in the end,” he asks, “what is the solution?”

“Resilience — building systems able to survive unexpected and devastating attacks — is the best answer we have right now. We need to recognize that large-scale attacks will happen, that society can survive more than we give it credit for, and that we can design systems to survive these sorts of attacks. Calling terrorism an existential threat is ridiculous in a country where more people die each month in car crashes than died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.”

By all means, continue your local security measures. But recognize, Schneier feels, that society on a larger scale remains greatly at risk.

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