Why Doesn’t the Security Industry Have Champions in Hollywood?

tomhanksAs I picked up my latest copy of Information Security Magazine I found myself wondering what Tom Hanks was doing on the cover. On second glance I noticed that this wasn’t Tom Hanks but rather Eric Bangerter from the University of Wisconsin Credit Union.

This mistake made me think of two things:

  1. How could my eyes possibly be that bad?
  2. Why doesn’t the security industry have champions on Hollywood?

The first item really isn’t the basis for a good article so I’ll stick with the second item.

Animals have Paul McCartney, Buddhism has Richard Gere, Scientology has Tom Cruise (or maybe it’s the other way around), the UNHCR has Angelina Jolie, and PETA has Pamela Anderson. Who do we have? The security industry does not have a famous face to market the importance of implementing security measures in the home nor in the enterprise. Granted, we have such pioneers as Martin Roesch of Snort and Sourcefire fame, Bruce Schneier the author of such greats as Applied Cryptography, Secrets and Lies, and Beyond Fear, Kevin Mitnick the well known social engineer, author of The Art of Deception and The Art of Intrusion, and Radia Perlman one of the most respected names in security and networking, to name a few.

Even though these people are incredibly well known in the security industry I suspect that none of them would be met at the airport by 10000 screaming fans who are there just to hear the person say something life changing. I’ve been thinking about who should be approached for several days now and I’ve short listed a few people:

  • Harrison Ford – who wouldn’t listen to this great actor from such timeless films as Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Blade Runner, and most recently Firewall (not ‘timeless’ but helped put him on the short list due to its content).
  • John Travolta – his attention grabbing cool demeanor in such films as Pulp Fiction, Get Shorty, Face/Off, A Civil Action, Swordfish, and Be Cool ensured that he would make this list.
  • Speaking of cool what about Jack Nicholson? This man has done it all from The Shining to Batman to As Good as It Gets to A Few Good Men to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. When Jack speaks people listen.
  • What about Catherine Zeta-Jones? This Welsh beauty commands the screen with her sly wit and sultry delivery. I’d be hard pressed not to listen to EVERYTHING she told me.

I’m sure I could go on listing people forever but I wanted to put some names out there. Who would you like to see represent the security community from Hollywood? Before answering ask yourself this question…“Who would make security cool enough that you’d be embarrassed not to care about it?”

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