The “Imitation Game” – The Need for Human Intelligence in Threat Operations

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This is the question Alan Turing (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) asks in the movie, The Imitation Game. He and his team were charged with decrypting the codes used by Nazi Germany’s Enigma machine. Turing realized the need to have a machine to attempt all the various combinations and permutations to break the code within a 24 hour period, before the code changed. However, the machine kept failing as it still couldn’t decode fast enough. After months of trying without success, it wasn’t the machine that broke the code…it was human intelligence that resulted in success.

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