Computer Security—as a term—can often sound daunting. As if it is referring to serious work. While it is true that people trained in computer and Cyber Security have to be extremely meticulous and work very hard to gain those skills, it is also important to remember that it is an exciting career in the real world. It is not always just typing code day-after-day for intangible results you cannot see. Sometimes the coding has exciting resolutions that are often the driving force for Cyber Security teams to work that extra mile.
Keep on reading this article as it provides you a list of entertaining movies made on the theme of Cyber Security over the years. They all make for a fun watch that is sure to be memorable for people interested in the field and may even inspire you to learn Cyber Security to implement similar ideas in the future.
Top 10 Movies on Cyber Security
Read on to open up your mind’s imagination with Cyber Security!
1. The Matrix (1999)
A movie that started as a cult film but now has gained unmatched global popularity as a classic. Keanu Reeves plays the role of a computer hacker in the dystopian future who has to rescue mankind from being trapped in a simulation called the Matrix. There is a lot to unpack in this movie, both literally and figuratively. The Matrix is a simulated reality created by intelligent machines to trap humans to use their bodies as an energy source. When one tries to draw parallels with similar things we see around us where people are always on their gadgets, you get to thinking!
2. The Italian Job (2003)
In this cat-and-mouse thriller, Edward Norton plays a thief who turns on his partners and steals all the gold they stole during a heist. Once he does that, they use advanced Cyber Security techniques to trace him down. This star-packed movie also stars Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron. and Jason Statham.
3. V for Vendetta (2005)
Once again based in a dystopian future, the plot of this movie is that the British government imposes a strict curfew on its citizens following a virus outbreak. Suspecting foul play, an anarchist takes the help of Natalie Portman, to hack into television networks. A rather revolutionary yet noble use of hacking skills, which also highlights the danger of how things could go wrong if the wrong type of individuals are able to hack into public media networks.
4. Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Matt Damon plays a character who loses his memory, and has to find the people who wronged him. In order to do so, he teams up with an investigative officer, while the CIA team uses Cyber Security tools to trace their movements and set up traps to sabotage their plans.
5. WarGames: The Dead Code (1983)
In this quirky movie, the Homeland Security of the US government is on the hunt for two teenagers who accidentally hack into the US military supercomputer, programmed to predict and execute a nuclear war against the Soviet Union! The movie has been considered quite influential and was even nominated for the Academy Awards.
6. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
David Fincher directed the American version of this movie inspired by the 2005 Swedish psychological crime novel. In this movie, Daniel Craig plays the role of a journalist. And Rooney Mara plays a computer hacker. Together, they investigate what happened to a girl who disappeared 40 years ago. What makes this thriller even more thrilling is the fact that the author of the original novel died before it was published. Even before its publication, the author received many death threats due to the content of these books.
7. Ex Machina (2014)
This movie had made waves when it was first released, because of its concept, despite being a science fiction film. It tells the story of a young Cyber Security programmer who wins a competition and then has to evaluate the consciousness of Ava, an almost-human form of AI.
8. The Imitation Game (2014)
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, this Oscar-nominated movie is set during World War 2 and tells the story of a newly created British agency that recruits a mathematician to crack Germany’s enigma code. Although very different from what Cyber Security has evolved into now, this movie is still relevant. This is because these are the types of national security applications that Cyber Security is now used for.
9. Cyber Crime (2019)
Cyber Crime is a highly informative documentary that showcases ten different real-life Cyber Security experts discussing cyber hacking incidents. These stories touch upon how billions of dollars are lost every year to cybercrime and hackers who steal this money and destroy numerous businesses and lives.
10. The Great Hack (2019)
Another very enlightening documentary examines the Cambridge Analytica scandal through the narratives of those affected by it. The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal was notorious globally for increasing the urgency of better Cyber Security systems since it was concerned obtaining the personal information of millions of Facebook users for advertising and commercial purposes without their consent.
Has your interest in Cyber Security piqued after reading these descriptions about its many real-world uses? If you would like to learn Cyber Security to stay relevant in a global job market where its applications are limitless, apply today to join Stanford Center for Professional Development’s Advanced Computer Security Program (ACSP), delivered in collaboration with Great Learning.1