Authentication and the Movies: How Hollywood predicted our cybersecurity present

Published at SCmagazine on August 28, 2018 by Raz Rafaeli

Spaceships and little green men; self-driving cars and self-flying drones; virtual reality and alternative universes; and, if you can believe it, the cybersecurity authentication in use today, all “predicted” decades ago. The movies aren’t just a place to go to get away from it all; they’re a place to go to learn about what we can expect in the future.

The list of future tech predicted by Hollywood is very impressive – maybe even in some cases prophetic – when you look at them in aggregate. But among the most surprising predictions from Hollywood over the years have been those relating to cybersecurity – or, more specifically, security authentication to access systems, offices, buildings, etc. At a time when “security” meant two locks on the front door, and the term “cybersecurity” wasn’t even a gleam in the eye of Webster, films depicted the dangers that could ensue for advanced systems that were unprotected – and presented ways to ensure that they remained secure. Here are some examples:

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