The  Imitation  Game

Mari DeGrazia

Associate Managing Director at Kroll Cyber Risk

The Imitation Game— Cracking the Code

Cyber security expert Mari Degrazia discusses today's issues in computer and network security and hacking, with an aim to motivate high school students to further develop their skills in STEM.

Willcox Theater and Arts Willcox, AZ

Film Synopsis

During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Told via flashback, The Imitation Game tracks the young, brilliant, and socially awkward mathematician Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) in the early days of World War II as he applies for a top-secret position tasked with decoding the “unbreakable” Nazi cipher machine called Enigma, used to encrypt all military radio transmissions. Turing's team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyzes Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. His work was famously labeled by Winston Churchill as “the greatest single contribution to victory.” But after the war he suffered great personal and professional turmoil, as he dealt with his homosexuality in a time when it was illegal. The film was nominated in eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. It won for Best Adapted Screenplay.

About the Speaker

Mari DeGrazia is an Associate Managing Director at Kroll Cyber Risk, which provides cyber security services on a global scale. Throughout her career, Mari has investigated high-profile breach cases, worked civil and criminal cases and provided testimony as an expert witness. She has written and released numerous programs/scripts to the forensics community; presented her research at industry conferences; and is a published author in several magazines. She is also a SANS instructor where she loves sharing her knowledge with students. She holds several industry certifications in addition to earning a B.S. in Computer Science from Hawaii Pacific University.