NSA critic Bruce Schneier joins new firm as CTO

Security expert Bruce Schneier has been hired by Co3 Systems, and we can expect more NSA-related work in the future.

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Bruce Schneier has revealed his latest post after leaving BT -- the role of chief technology officer at security firm Co3 Systems.

The well-known security expert and vocal critic of the National Security Agency (NSA) revealed in a blog post this week his new role at Co3 Systems, a company that specializes in cybersecurity incident response. Schneier wrote:

"Today I am joining Co3 Systems as its Chief Technology Officer. I've been on the company's advisory board for about a year, and was an informal adviser to CEO John Bruce before that. John and I worked together at Counterpane in the early 2000s, and we both think this is a natural extension to what we tried to build there.

I'm really excited about this -- and the fact that the company headquarters are just three T stops inbound to Harvard and the Berkman Center makes it even more perfect."

As the new CTO of Co3 Systems, Schneier will guide the firm's product portfolio. Schneier describes the company as a "social networking site for incident response," where business systems automatically create incident response plans and executes them when necessary -- providing logs to see where and how the incident was handled and could potentially be improved.

Schneier recently left his position at BT Group plc (formerly known as British Telecom) after eight years. Reports suggested that the departure may have been due to tension caused by Schneier's writings concerning the NSA surveillance scandal. BT, alongside Vodafone Cable and Verizon Business, have been accused of working with Britain's spy agency GCHQ and the NSA, allegedly passing along the phone call record data and email signatures of customers.

BT refutes the accusation and says the working relationship between the firm and Schneier simply "came to a natural end."

While writing for U.K. publication The Guardian, Schneier has encouraged engineers to become whistleblowers, and has said it is necessary to re-design the Internet to prevent wholesale spying by government agencies from ever happening again.