THE WOMAN BEHIND THE SHOW
Mary Aiken, director of the Cyber Psychology Research Centre in Dublin, was the inspiration for Arquette’s CSI:
Cyber character and is a consultant and producer on the show. She’s advised Interpol, the London police and the LAPD about cyber security, cyber stalking and virtual behavioural profiling, with cases she’s worked on forming storylines on the show. She was initially hesitant to sign on. “When I spoke with the agencies I work with they said ‘Mary, this is an incredible opportunity to reach out to audiences, to entertain and inform regarding cyber security and safety.” She explains that forensic science looks at the physical evidence at a crime scene, while forensic psychology is the behavioural evidence: “What we call the ‘blood spatter of the mind’.” Forensic cyber psychology examines the behaviour of cyber criminals in order to catch them.