Post-BT crypto guru Schneier gets new gig at startup

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Famed cryptographer and security guru Bruce Schneier has moved on from his seven years at BT. Just one month later, he has accepted the role of CTO at incident response startup Co3 Systems.

Schneier left BT last month following a seven-year association with the telco giant by mutual consent. Both parties were keen to stress that the working relationship had come to its natural end, dismissing suggestions that Schneier's recent criticism of the NSA's dragnet surveillance programmes had precipitated his departure.

Co3 Systems makes co-ordination software for incident response. Schneier had previously served on Co3 Systems' advisory board and by joining the firm full time he will be reunited in a working partnership with people he worked with at Counterpane Internet Security prior to the security services firm's purchase by BT in October 2006. John Bruce, Co3's chief exec, formerly served as executive vice president of marketing at Counterpane.