There's a fun new article up at the Certification Magazine website. Compiled from data gathered in CertMag's most recent Salary Survey, the article lists the "best" hacker characters in Hollywood movies, as determined by real-world cybersecurity professionals. It's like asking doctors to rate the characters on "Grey's Anatomy," or having actual superheroes decide who are the most real-seeming characters in an "Avengers" movie. So who did the best job of convincing actual security techs that his (or her) hacking skills were legit?
Hey, read the article — who are we to spoil their fun?
Of course, when it comes to IT, an actor's job is easy. If you can squint or grimace convincingly, and you know how to type, then you're in! The visual effects team will take care of the rest. Doing an IT job in the real world is considerably harder. An actor who's going to play a computer geek can be anybody, even a Hemsworth brother. (Chris played a nefarious hacker in Blackhat, while Liam was a genius computer engineer in Paranoia.) It takes more than perfect teeth and sculpted biceps, however, to be the star of a real-world IT workplace.
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