Broad-minded infosec pros believe in aliens

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InfoSec 2013 - AlienVault

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More than half of information security professionals polled at Infosecurity Europe 2013 said they believe in extra-terrestrial life.

Security firm Alienvault released the findings of the survey to coincide with the 66th anniversary of the Roswell incident in New Mexico that UFO enthusiasts claim was an alien spaceship visiting Earth.

While 52% of respondents were confident enough to say they believe in aliens, 7% said they were "undecided" which probably means they do believe, but are unwilling to admit it. 

The high percentage of believers among the infosec community is not surprising, says Conrad Constantine, research system engineer at Alienvault.

"It is important to have an open mind and a challenging disposition when it comes to working in IT and in particular securing the organisation. Someone who can imagine the 'what next', and not be swayed by disbelievers, will be better prepared," he says.

Constantine also notes that the transistor, which enabled the birth of computers, appeared shortly after the Roswell incident, but admits that this may be merely coincidental.

Alienvault is also marking the Roswell anniversary with a photo competition  that provides the opportunity to download an alien mask and submit an instagram wearing it. 

Now if that does not test the self-confidence levels of the infosec community, Downtime doubts anything will.

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