The primary goal that a cybersecurity drill for executives achieves is decision-making practice. The tabletop exercise gives senior management the chance to build muscle memory for the Incident Response Plan and enhance their cybersecurity leadership & response. The Executive CCTE allows them to see for themselves how much more work they need to do and what executive actions they'll need to be ready with in the event of an attack.
If there is one thing that Senior Management really needs to focus on during a Cyber Attack, it is the regulatory obligations that they need to fulfill. The Executive Tabletop Exercise helps them understand what data breach rules and regulations apply to their business. It also clarifies what steps they must take in the immediate aftermath of a cyber-attack to prevent hefty fines and/or damage to the business image.
It's not uncommon for IT teams to feel like all the burden of keeping the business secure is on them. They also often struggle to explain the business threats, risks or budgetary requirements to the Management. An Executive Tabletop Exercise helps bridge this gap. It allows the senior management to understand where exactly the business cybersecurity stands and in what ways they must support the IT team to enhance business resilience.
Time is a rare commodity for the Executive and we fully understand that. This exclusive Executive Cyber Attack Tabletop Exercise has been specially designed to be brief, to-the-point and succinct. We ensure that the scenario is one where the Senior Management action is critical. We keep the session non-technical, interactive and extremely focussed.
The Executive Cyber Attack Tabletop Exercise is targetted at a non-technical, business audience. Thus, the recommendations shared in the Executive Summary also follow the same theme. We share simple, tactical strategies that the participants can embrace in their individual roles to improve the overall executive decision-making during a cyber crisis.
The exclusive Executive Cyber Crisis Tabletop Exercise designed by Cyber Management Alliance aims to test executive decision-making through a realistic scenario. The idea is to empower the executive with as much information about their cybersecurity posture in as compact a format as possible.
Some of the questions that the Cyber Attack Drill will help the Executive team answer are as follows:
Created and designed by a practising CISO, our Executive Tabletop Sessions fully address the needs of the C-Suite, Board of Directors and Business Executives. They are based on realistic scenarios, they are focussed and time-efficient. We leave out all the fluff and focus on what matters most to the Management - how to save the bottom line and business reputation during an actual attack.
We keep the Executive Tabletop Workshop as short and relevant as possible.
The exercise is highly engaging and elicits participation from all attendees. It's non-technical, interactive and aims to leave the Executive team with food for thought on how to improve the organisational cyber resilience.
The primary objective of the Executive Cyber Attack Tabletop Exercise is to raise cyber awareness of the Senior Management.
The exercise also leads to improved alignment between the Executive and the Technical teams. It ensures better collaboration during an actual cyber event between the two main functions responsible for damage control and improved outcomes for the business overall.
Cyber Management Alliance is the world leader in Cybersecurity Training & Consultancy. We are amongst the top independent cyber incident & crisis management authorities offering advisory services, executive training, and bespoke workshops in all aspects of cyber crisis management, incident planning, incident-response testing and tabletop exercises.
We are the creators of the internationally acclaimed UK-Government’s NCSC-Certified, Cyber Incident Planning and Response (CIPR) course and have trained attendees from organisations including the United Nations, UK Ministry of Defence, several UK Police Forces, NHS Trusts, European Central Bank, Swiss National Bank, Microsoft, Ernst and Young and many others.
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“The overall objective was to demonstrate & raise awareness amongst the board members. It is a regulatory obligation to ensure that the board are aware of their duties when it comes to incident response & cyber management. It was very important to run this workshop in my opinion."
"Both the technical and executive tabletop sessions conducted by Cyber Management Alliance Ltd met all our objectives. The attendees from both the sessions were impressed with the facilitation and the outcome-driven approach and left the participants more informed and aware of the response processes and procedures.”
“We selected Cyber Management Alliance to conduct a non-technical, scenario-based, cyberattack tabletop exercise for members of our senior management. The session and scenarios were relevant to our business and the ransomware tabletop exercise was conducted in a deeply engaging and conducive manner and the session met our objectives.”
“The cyber awareness session was conducted in a way that made the cyber-attack scenario feel real and relevant for the participants. They were encouraged to think like and respond as they would in an actual crisis. The session met our objectives. Amar Singh is an excellent facilitator and is highly experienced which makes his insights useful to all participants. Importantly, Amar knows how to engage a room full of business executives and is able to present highly technical concepts in a nontechnical, easy to understand manner.”
We are the world leaders in Cyber Crisis Tabletop Exercises. Our workshops are guided and often conducted by the most experienced tabletop facilitator in the world. This adds immense value to our Cyber Attack Tabletop Exercises for Executives.
Take a look at the video on the right to see what exactly our Cyber Crisis Tabletop Exercises can do for your business:
Cyber Attack Tabletop Exercises for Executives help them improve their cybersecurity readiness and leadership, directly influencing the overall cyber resilience of the organisation. These exercises facilitate enhanced executive decision-making and therefore improved executive incident response and action. With regular Cyber Tabletop exercises, executives can recognize the weak spots in the current security measures, paving the way for necessary enhancements. Further, these exercises are instrumental in Strengthening Response Strategies.
Given the rapid evolution of cyber threats and the changing business environment, it is recommended that organisations conduct a tabletop exercise for executives at least once a year. This ensures that the organisation's leadership remains up-to-date with current threat landscapes and the potential business implications. However, if there are significant changes to the organisational structure, such as mergers, or major IT overhauls, it may be prudent to conduct additional tabletop exercises. This is also recommended after major global events such as wars or healthcare pandemics.
It is important to remember that cyber attack tabletop exercises for executives must not be viewed as isolated activities and these should be part of a continuous improvement process.
The main components of a good cyber tabletop exercise for executives are: Designing a Relevant Scenario, Setting Clear Objectives, Choosing the right participants, Hiring a highly experienced external facilitator whom the executives can look up to and take feedback from, Focusing on Decision-Making and Post-Exercise Analysis and Report.
It's a good idea for executives to first familiarize themselves with the organisation's current cybersecurity policies, incident response plans, and business continuity strategies. Engaging in pre-exercise briefings can provide context and understanding of the exercise's objectives. Ultimately, entering the exercise with an open mind, a collaborative spirit, and a willingness to actively engage are the most critical.
The effectiveness of Executive Tabletop Exercises can be gauged by measuring the outcomes against the pre-defined objectives. Executives can determine the effectiveness of the exercise through the insights they've achieved, and the actionable takeaways for enhancing their preparedness against cyber- attacks. If they feel more confident that they'll make the right decisions in the midst of an attack, the exercise has been successful.
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