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The CSI Effect comes to RSA Conference

Ira Winkler | Feb. 17, 2016
The conference organizers didn’t expect the outrage that followed the scheduling of a session on the TV series CSI: Cyber. They should have, though.

Nonetheless, I plan to attend the session, just because I write and speak on the issues involved and need to be informed. (Besides, the session is one where free ice cream bars will be distributed.) If I am wrong about the worthiness of the subject matter, I will issue an apology to the RSA Conference.

Not that I expect that to happen. What I expect is that the CSI: Cyber participants will pander to the audience and tell us what a hard job we have. They will claim that they have to dramatize the show to suit the medium, but they will claim they intend to pay us homage in the process. They will tell us how much they respect us, but then they will continue to exploit us and portray us as stereotypes who have to commit crimes to catch criminals.

If I’m right, my ice cream could end up tasting pretty bitter.

Ira Winkler is president of Secure Mentem and author of the book Spies Among Us. 


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