The War Operation Plan Response (WOPR) computer played out all the scenarios.
The noughts, the crosses, always tying the games.
Then, it played out the different scenarios in Global Thermonuclear War. First a Russian strike, then the US response, then swapping the roles.
WINNER: NONE flashed up on the screens time and time again.
The air force staff watched tensely. WOPR said: “Professor Falken, this is a strange game. The only winning move is not to play.”
The nuclear strike options disappeared from the screen.
“Would you like to play a nice game of chess?” WOPR asked.
The situation room erupted with relief, and no one was more relieved than the teenage hacker who had started this war game, David Lightman.
“You just didn’t know how much trouble you started, did you Lightman?” General Beringer said.
“No, General, I did not!” Lightman replied, sitting down before his legs went from under him.
“Kid, you’re still in big trouble for doing what you did, the consequences could have been truly terrible. But there’s some good that’s come from it. We realise now we need to beef up the cyber security protecting our systems,” the General went on.
“We need to review our systems and to see if we match up to the latest standards in ISO 27001, the international standard for information security. “
The General took off his cap and wiped his forehead.
“I must say, not going to nuclear war gives us the time to do that!”
The Sergeant arrived at the desk and saluted. “Permission to speak freely, General.”
The General waived his hand and said: “Permission granted.”
The Sergeant passed the General a piece of paper: “We need some special consultants to help us ensure we’re on the right track when it comes to cyber security, sir. These guys at Penarth Management have been recommended to us. They can get us ISO 27001 ready.”
The General looked at the note and replied: “Thank you, Sergeant.”
He looked at Lightman and laughed. “Haven’t you got a nice game of chess to play?”
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