Passcode Signs Off… and More (Video)

Two and a half years ago, the Christian Science Monitor launched Passcode to explore the biggest challenges of our Digital Age and surface the most innovative solutions to safeguard the internet – and everything connected to it.

We set out to talk differently about cybersecurity and privacy, too, avoiding the tech jargon and fear driving most news about hackers and security.

Since our first articles and events in the fall of 2014, cybersecurity has emerged as one of the biggest global news stories.

From the Sony Pictures attack to the Democratic National Committee breach, hackers have become major players in global power struggles and presidential politics.

Our staff writers, correspondents, contributors, and columnists helped make sense of those complex developments and made an indelible mark on the international technology conversation.

In just a short time, we became a must read for policymakers, executives, security researchers, and anyone else who cares about digital privacy and security issues.

(Learn More, as Adam Tyler, chief innovation officer at CSID, discusses the dark web and how young hackers can be taught to understand the real-world impact of digital activity at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas in March 2017. Courtesy of The Christian Science Monitor and YouTube)

But as the Monitor changes course to focus its attention on a new daily digital subscription product, Passcode is winding down.

In order to dedicate more resources to this new product, the Monitor will stop publishing articles and opinion under the Passcode banner on March 31. We’ll end our regular email newsletter then, too.

This doesn’t mean the Monitor will step away from digital security and privacy coverage. The newsroom remains committed to following these issues.

Throughout this journey, we’ve worked with incredible people. The Passcode project wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work of many dedicated reporters, columnists, and contributors – and the foundation of pioneering cybersecurity journalism laid by late Monitor reporter Mark Clayton.

(At the Security of Things Forum in Washington, D.C. on October 27, 2016, Ralph Langner paid tribute to the late reporter Mark Clayton of The Christian Science Monitor. Clayton was the first to publish on Langner’s ground-breaking analysis of the Stuxnet virus. Courtesy of The Christian Science Monitor and YouTube)

We’re so grateful to our sponsors and partners who supported our journalism, podcasts, polls, and helped our team stage more than 50 live events across the country, from interviewing senior officials to hosting capture-the-flag hacking tournaments.

It’s been an incredible adventure – and an exciting challenge to prove that great journalism on this vital topic can be financially sustainable. 

Most of all, we’re thankful to you: readers who turned to Passcode to learn more about the connected world.

We are deeply appreciative of your thoughtful notes, insightful questions at our events, and constant willingness to push us to be better. And we are grateful to the information security community that supported us from the beginning. We hope we’ve done our part to leave the web a little bit safer and smarter.

(Michael Bruemmer, vice president of consumer protection at Experian, discusses how to fight back against the most common digital attacks at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas in March 2017. Courtesy of The Christian Science Monitor and YouTube)

Please be in touch with any questions. We’ll use our newsletter to keep you updated. 


Mike Farrell, Passcode editor

Sara Sorcher, Passcode deputy editor

David Grant, director of content strategy, The Christian Science Monitor

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