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Internationally-renowned security technologist and author Bruce Schneier is both a founder and the chief technical officer of Counterpane Internet Security, Inc. Counterpane provides managed security monitoring services to organizations world-wide.
Schneier is responsible for maintaining Counterpane's technical lead in world-class information security technology and its practical and effective implementation. Schneier's security experience makes him uniquely qualified to shape the direction of the company's research endeavors, as well as to act as a spokesperson to the business community on security issues and solutions.
Schneier is the author of six books, including Secrets & Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World. Published in October 2000, the book has already sold 80,000 copies. One of his earlier books, Applied Cryptography, now in its second edition, is the seminal work in its field and has sold over 150,000 copies and has been translated into five languages. He writes the free e-mail newsletter Crypto-Gram, which has over 70,000 readers. He has presented papers at many international conferences and he is a frequent writer, contributing editor and lecturer on the topics of cryptography, computer security and privacy.
Schneier designed the popular Blowfish encryption algorithm, and Schneier's Twofish was a finalist for the new Federal Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Schneier served on the board of directors of the International Association for Cryptologic Research, and is an Advisory Board member for the Electronic Privacy Information Center.
Schneier holds an MS degree in computer science from American University and a BS degree in physics from the University of Rochester.