Cybersecurity help wanted: Asperger people

Frédéric Vezon has Aspergers. He’s president at ASPertise, an application development, big data and cybersecurity services company that has offices in Paris and Montreal.

The ASP in ASPertise stands for “Asperger Syndrome” — which the company explains as being manifested by significant difficulties in social interaction, associated with restricted interests and repetitive behavior.

A unique value proposition from ASPterise is their team of cybersecurity experts — with Aspergers.

Vezon’s firm expands on the syndrome, stating that Asperger people have difficulty interpreting and adapting to other’s nonverbal behaviors (eye contact, facial expressions, body postures, etc.), love repetition and routines, and lack social and emotional reciprocity. These difficulties are often accompanied by other features, such as hypersensitivity to noise or specific kinds of foods, monotonic speech delivery, and resistance to change.

ASPertise says the syndrome is often called the “invisible disability” because people with Aspergers are frequently of normal or above average intelligence and exhibit great intellectual curiosity. The syndrome is then only manifested during social and professional interactions with behaviors that may seem surprising, unexpected or inappropriate that offend the “common sense” and social conventions.

Asperger people — as Vezon calls them — bring distinct advantages when it comes to combating cyber crime. In an email interview, he explained why. His reasons are below.

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