The Safety Trade-Off
Bruce Schneier Keynotes - The keynotes by Bruce Schneier look to inform audiences on the discrepancy about what security...
Bruce Schneier highlights several cognitive biases that affect our risk decisions that may have a counter-intuitive effect on our feeling of security. According to Bruce Schneier, “we tend to exaggerate spectacular and rare risks, downplay common risks,” for example, flying versus driving. Drawing on the example of the availability heuristic phenomenon, Schneier explains why the unknown seems more risky than the familiar, even though, for example, the fear of kidnapping by strangers is higher even though the data supports that kidnapping mostly occurs by family members.