Late on Friday night, Mike Rothman finally posted a response to some of my questions from last week. Most notably he reveals who the Mike in his “Ad” is:
The answers are pretty straightforward. Mike, the Pragmatic CSO, is a fictional character. For those of you a little slow on the uptake, that means he doesn’t exist. Well, not really. Mike is a representation (some would say a caricature) of the thousands of CSOs and security professionals I’ve met through the years. Both the good traits, and not so good traits.
I was all set to ask Mike how a fictional character could spend $97 on a book let alone drink that much product from Starbucks, only to discover that Rothman had edited the website. It now says:
think buying the Pragmatic CSO book will be the best $97 you’ll spend all year. For less than you probably spend at Starbucks a month, you’ll be able to get back in control of your security environment. Dare I say it, but it’s worth 20 times the price. Even better, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE. If you don’t like the book, just ask Mike Rothman for your money back within 30 days – no questions, no heartburn.
While I appreciate the corrections, I do find the silent revisions somewhat worrisome. I guess that comes under the not so good traits Rothman refers to above…
Mike closes out with:
He [Arthur] also wondered a bit if he could meet Mike, the Pragmatic CSO at RSA. Maybe I’ll get a life size poster of Mike, and then Arthur can have a conversation with him.
I have to say I’ve certainly had worse conversations on the vendor floor at RSA than I would have with a cardboard cutout, so bring it on. I can out-argue a cardboard-cut out any day.