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What is \'security\', anyway?



26 November 2010 09:28

As this word cloud of The Interpreter (courtesy of Wordle) shows, 'security' is a regular topic here.  

But what is 'security', really' This presentation by Bruce Schneier is worth your time, as he pulls apart the concept of security into two separate but equally important parts.

For those of us (myself included) who criticise and mock 'security theatre', the ending is particularly sobering. Yes, Schneier is highly critical of the maddening and pointless security rituals we endure at airports, designed to make people feel secure without actually improving their security. But he is far from dismissive about people's 'feelings' about security, which can matter as much as the objective facts.

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