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Schneier’s Law

Posted by Aaron Massey on 15 Apr 2011.

Bruce Schneier has a great short post on what has become known as Schneier’s Law:

Anyone, from the most clueless amateur to the best cryptographer, can create an algorithm that he himself can’t break.

This is a fundamental concept to cryptography in particular and to security in general. It’s worth knowing where it comes from if you’re going to cite it appropriately.