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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.

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