Yesterday, BT acquired Centerpane Internet Security, best known as the home of Bruce Schneier, one of the top computer-security experts in our industry today. Bruce, who founded Counterpane, will stay on as CTO. I’m sure that was a key part of the deal. While Centerpane has an impressive gallery of services clients, the real asset is Bruce himself.
Bruce’s classic, Secrets & Lies, is required reading for anyone concerned about software security. If you’re into crypto, his Practical Cryptography (co-authored with Niels Ferguson) is also good, although it’s biased toward Bruce’s own algorithms and against more commonly used ones. A better book for C programmers is his Applied Cryptography. I’ve not read his latest, Beyond Fear.