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— Bruce Schneier, an internationally renowned security technologist and author, will present the program “Cyberwar and the Future of Cyber Security” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Lyon College’s Nucor Auditorium. The Convocations Committee event is free and open to the public.

Described by The Economist as a “security guru,” Schneier is best known as a refreshingly candid and lucid security critic and commentator.

Schneier’s first bestseller, Applied Cryptography, explained how the arcane science of secret codes actually works and was described by Wired magazine as “the book the National Security Agency wanted never to be published.”

Schneier’s book on computer and network security, Secrets and Lies, was called by Fortune “[a] jewel box of little surprises you can actually use.” Beyond Fear tackles the problems of security from the small to the large — personal safety, crime, corporate security, national security. His current book, Schneier on Security, offers insight into everything from the risk of identity theft (vastly overrated, he says) to the long-range security threat of unchecked presidential power and the surprisingly simple way to tamper-proof elections.

Schneier also publishes a free monthly newsletter, Crypto-Gram, with more than 150,000 readers. In its 10 years of regular publication, Crypto-Gram has become one of the most widely read forums for freewheeling discussions, pointed critiques and serious debate about security.

As head curmudgeon at the table, Schneier explains, debunks and draws lessons from security stories that make the news. Schneier is the chief security technology officer of BT, a global telecommunications services company headquartered in London, England.

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