At 11 and 11:30 PM this Christmas, a new show called Tiger Team will air on Court TV. It follows the activities of a penetration testing IT security consulting team as they test security policies on client networks. There's already a Wikipedia article for the show. The blurb on courttv.com says:
This vérité action series follows Tiger Team – a group of elite professionals hired to infiltrate major business and corporate interests with the objective of exposing weaknesses in the world’s most sophisticated security systems, defeating criminals at their own game. Tiger Team is comprised of Security Audit Specialists Chris Nickerson, Luke McOmie and Ryan Jones who employ a variety of covert techniques – electronic, psychological and tactical - as they take on a new assignment in each episode.
Court TV seems like kind of an odd place for a series following the work of a penetration testing team, but I'm not looking this gift horse in the mouth. Of course, Court TV is going to be TruTV after the first day of 2008, and this seems like it might be a step in that direction.
As a series concept, this shows a lot of promise. I hope it's executed well — I'll be setting the DVR to record the first two episodes of Tiger Team while I'm out of town for the holidays.
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Chad Perrin is an IT consultant, developer, and freelance professional writer. He holds both Microsoft and CompTIA certifications and is a graduate of two IT industry trade schools.