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RVAsec 2012: Why Do You Lock Your Door? (Schuyler Towne)

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Published on Jul 28, 2012

Presentation Slides: http://rvasec.com/slides/2012/6_towne...

Two factor authentication, key space, security by obscurity, public and private keys; all of these things, and many other conventions of digital security, had their origin well before the birth of the computer. Today most security professionals think of locks as curiosities or puzzles, and are well acquainted with the idea that "locks keep honest people honest." However, physical security has a rich history and our modern relationship to locks is very different than it was even a hundred years ago. In this talk we'll explore the history of physical security, from the origins of the lock, to the locksmith King of Worms, to the great lock controversy of 1851 and beyond. Knowing how different times and cultures designed, attacked and lived with locks provides remarkable context to the modern history of digital security.

Schuyler Towne is obsessed with locks. While he got his start picking locks competitively, his interest has since exploded into every aspect of their history, design and manipulation. He's taught hackers, authors, cops and even toy designers. There is nothing Schuyler loves more than to talk locks with anyone who will listen. His interests in the history of physical security and design of locks provides a passionate background to his lectures and workshops on lockpicking. Currently he is writing an Almanac of Locksport for O'Reilly and studying media portrayals of lockpicking.

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