IT Security Pioneers

SC Magazine had a good article back in November (I am a bit behind in my reading and my blogging) about industry pioneers in IT security. Listed below are quotes by a select few of the people the mag profiled. If you find their quotes interesting, or you are not familiar with them, I suggest you check out the article and perhaps do some extra reading about some of them.

I thought cryptography was a technique that did not require your trusting other people…” – Whitfield Diffie

“The passionate user community is the only reason Nmap has existed and been maintained…”  Gordon Lyon (aka Fyodor)

“I think it’s worked well.” – Sen. Paul Sarbanes

“I like to think of myself as a filter for good ideas.” – Marcus Ranum

(I also mentioned Ranum in this post (see #6))

“The whole idea of information security has seen dramatic changes over the past five years – it used to be about technology and now it is about data.” – Howard Schmidt

“It’s personal. It’s private. And it’s no one’s business but yours.” – Phil Zimmermann

“If you think technology can solve your security problems, then you don’t understand the problems and you don’t understand the technology.” – Bruce Schneier

(I also mentioned Schneier in this post, this one, this one, this one, and even here)

Read the article at SC mag.

P.S. Overall, I don’t like SC mag as much as other security and IT magazines, but they have enough articles here and there to keep me reading. Besides, the price is right, and I love to see that serious, unsmiling photo of Peter Stephenson in the Product Section every month.


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