Would You Like to Play a Game?

Prospect | June.09.2021

Keily Blair and James Lloyd, partners in Orrick's global Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation Group, authored this article on fictional cyberattacks in Hollywood films becoming a reality and how we can prepare for them in collaboration with Prospect.

Ever since 1983’s WarGames, cybersecurity attacks have become a staple of blockbuster Hollywood films. The trite image of a youth in a hoodie hovering over a keyboard and threatening national security is ingrained in our collective memories.  Since the internet went ‘mainstream’, nation states, companies and individuals exist in an increasingly digitised world. We rely heavily on secure and stable IT and OT systems to lead our daily lives, to run companies and to govern countries. Cyberattacks are designed to disrupt this; WarGames is now our reality.