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IT Security Quotes and Quips

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness. — James Thurber

It used to be expensive to make things public and cheap to make them private. Now it’s expensive to make things private and cheap to make them public. — Clay Shirky, Internet scholar and professor at N.Y.U.

Privacy is not for the passive. — Jeffrey Rosen

Jim Farley, Ford Motor Company’s top sales executive, who is known for making off-the-cuff comments, told a panel at the CES: “We know everyone who breaks the law. We know when you’re doing it. We have GPS in your car, so we know what you’re doing.” Although he quickly added, “By the way, we don’t supply that data to anyone,” and later issued a full retraction, the comments, even if overblown and meant to be provocative, fueled the concerns. [NY Times, The Next Data Privacy Battle May Be Waged Inside Your Car, Jaclyn Trop, January 10, 2014]

Privacy snafus are to social networks as violence is to football. The whole point of social networks is to share stuff about people that’s interesting, just as the whole point of football is to upend the guy with the ball. Every so often, someone gets paralyzed, which prompts us to add padding to the helmets or set new rules about tackling. Then we move on. — Nicholas Thompson

Recommended additon to the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights: “A right to not have your data rise up and attack you.” — Benjamin Wittes, Brookings Institution

The user's going to pick dancing pigs over security every time. — Bruce Schneier


If someone steals your password, you can change it. But if someone steals your thumbprint, you can’t get a new thumb. The failure modes are very different. — Bruce Schneier

If you reveal your secrets to the wind, you should not blame the wind for revealing them to the trees. — Kahlil Gibran

There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses. — George Bernard Shaw

Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security. — Edmund Burke

The mantra of any good security engineer is: 'Security is a not a product, but a process.' It's more than designing strong cryptography into a system; it's designing the entire system such that all security measures, including cryptography, work together. — Bruce Schneier

Politically Correct Virus: Doesn't refer to itself as a virus - instead, refers to itself as an "electronic microorganism." — Mark Kaye

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image. — Stephen Hawking

In view of all the deadly computer viruses that have been spreading lately, Weekend Update would like to remind you: when you link up to another computer, you're linking up to every computer that that computer has ever linked up to. — Dennis Miller

Securing a computer system has traditionally been a battle of wits: the penetrator tries to find the holes, and the designer tries to close them. — Gosser

A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila. — Mitch Ratliff

It is much more secure to be feared than to be loved. — Niccolo Machiavelli

"You shouldn't overestimate the I.Q. of crooks." — NYT: Stuart A. Baker, General Counsel for the NSA, explained why crooks and terrorists who are smart enough to use data encryption would be stupid enough to choose the U.S. Government's compromised data encryption standard.

It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.
— Mark Twain

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