A couple weeks ago, security guru Bruce Schneier delivered a keynote address to the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence conference in Estonia. I’m still listening to the entire thing, but here’s my favorite quote thus far (occurring roughly between minutes 19 and 20):
We’re a species of storytellers… We respond to stories much more than data. One of the reasons the Estonian cyberwar was so evocative, it was a very powerful story that was told again and again and again and has become sort of part of the cybersecurity dialog. And there’s not a lot people saying, “Wait a second, if that’s what war looks like, it’s pretty good.” It’s kind of like an invading army coming into your country and then getting in line at the motor vehicles bureau so you can’t renew your driver’s license. It’s not really what I think of when I think of war.