Masters Of The Unseen: The Art Of Information Warfare presented at Blackhat Europe 2003

by Richard Thieme,

Tags: Security

Summary : The technical details of information security can be described, checklists generated, policies approved ... but true mastery of the art of information warfare - both offense and defense - is much more subtle than that. Drawing on conversations with some of the best and brightest in the infosec field, Richard Thieme illuminates the heuristics of this subtle art and craft and shows why wisdom is often found in out-of-the-way places. He discloses what it takes to become truly expert, why real geniuses are frequently multi-disciplinary, and why it pays to leverage the perspectives of many domains.
How do you live vibrantly? How do you free the mind? How do you live when you realize there are no walls? These questions, posed by an infosec veteran, frame this inquiry, and the answers will be found in the white space between the fields of your own habitual thinking ...
Richard Thieme ( is a Contributing Editor for Information Security Magazine and, according to The Linux Journal, a "hacker philosopher journalist sage&Mac226; whose presentations at security and hacking conventions are always well-attended and well-received. He speaks eloquently about the relationships between technology, people, and spirituality and always speaks straight to the heart of important matters right at the front of the audience's collective mind. He is very subtle ... and extremely deep."
Thieme consults, writes, and speaks about "life on the edge," in particular the human dimensions of technology and the work place. His focus these days is on security and identity - how to play chess while the board is disappearing.
Thieme has published widely. Translated into German, Chinese, Japanese, Slovene, Danish and Indonesian, his articles are taught at universities in Europe, Australia, Canada, and the United States. His column, "Islands in the Clickstream," has been published in Singapore, Toronto, and Capetown and is distributed to subscribers in 60 countries. Archives are at