Ransomware Tabletop Exercises

Conducting tabletop exercises to help prepare organisations to respond to ransomware attacks

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Ransomware is the Top Cyber Threat Impacting Organisations

How Bad is the Scourge of Ransomware Attacks?

15 Seconds Frequency

Every 15 Seconds someone is impacted by ransomware

4000 Daily Attacks

Since 2016, over 4000 daily ransomware attacks  in USA alone!

40 Million Payout

The largest ever ransomware payout was made by an insurance company at $40 million

600 % Increased Payouts

600% increase in emails containing ransomware and other malicous files

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Amar Singh, CEO - Cyber Management Alliance Ltd

“Documents that have never been read, procedures that have never been practiced, checklists that have never been verified are as useful and functional as having a brand-new mobile phone with no charging cable or power adaptor.” 

Why You Should Conduct Ransomware Tabletop Sessions

Be Better Prepared

We ensure our ransomware tabletop sessions are  relevant and contextual to the organisation thus keeping the threats on top-of-mind and gradually increasing overall preparedness.  

Builds Muscle Memory

One of our objectives when we conduct ransomware tabletop exercises is to present tangible response questions to the attendees. This approach helps build subconscious muscle memory.

Increases Collaboration

We typically ask that people from different departments or business units attend the ransomware tabletop session as it helps increase interdepartmental collaboration and interaction.

Our Approach to Ransomware Tabletop Exercises

The Ransomware Tabletop Exercise designed and run by us is a unique blend of verbal and visual simulations organised as a combination of scenario walkthroughs and engaging and practical exercises.

  • Fact Finding: We start with gathering as much information about your business, its stakeholders and its critical assets as possible.

  • Scenario Planning: After assessing the inputs we move on to planning and outlining the scenario and follow that up with a dry-run with you. 

  • Ransomware Tabletop Exercises: During the tabletop exercise, we facilitate the workshop and monitor the pace and substance of the discussions.

  • Engaging & Interactive: Conducted in a highly engaging and interactive format, our Ransomware Tabletop Exercises ensure maximum participation and highly relevant output and constructive discussions.

  • Management Report: After the exercise, we produce an objective  analysis of the exercise and provide a formal maturity score of your ransomware preparedness. (Maturity score is optional)

The image on the right describes, step-by-step, how we approach our ransomware tabletop workshops.

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CCTE Our Approach
Organisations Trust Us to Conduct Ransomware Tabletop Sessions

Benefits of Running a Ransomware Tabletop with Cyber Management Alliance

Professionally Conducted to Produce Results

Our detailed planning and professional approach produces the desired results - that of ensuring the business is prepared to deal with ransomware attacks. 

Be Compliant with Regulations on Tabletop Exercises

Clients can opt to receive a formal scoring for the ranswomare tabletop exercise and demonstrate compliance to regulations and auditors.

Validate and Improve your Ransomware Respone Plans

Our attention to detail and comprehensive preparation will help you validate and improve your ransomware response plans and ensure they are effective and fit-for-purpose.

Non-Disruptive & Zero-Risk Way to Gauge the Impact of your Decisions

Safely evaluate your ransomware plans, review your critical decisions and gauge the impact on your critical systems and clients. 

Enhanced Awareness of Ransomware Response Plans

Our aim is to produce realistic and relevant ransomware scenarios, engage the stakeholders, improve their learning, thus increasing retention of key response actions and stakeholder responsibility.

Formal Report with Tangible Recommendations

After the tabletop exercise, you receive a formal executive summary and report that contains and a high level analysis of existing processes, procedures and their effectiveness. 

We offer both management-focused and technical tabletop exercises and recommend the following participants for both audiences:

 

  • Staff responsible for making critical decisions.
  • Staff who are either heads of their function and or fully understand how the department operates.
  • For management exercises, there must be representation from all functions like PR, communications, legal, HR, sales, and marketing, to name a few.
  • Technical staff who know the systems and processes.
  • If relevant, representatives from key service providers

Why Cyber Management Alliance ?

We are one of the world’s leading 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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Frequently Asked Questions about our Ransomware Tabletop Exercises

What is the right audience for a Ransomware Tabletop Exercise?

We conduct Ransomware Tabletop sessions for three different types of audiences. Technical teams, management and senior executives. We also conduct these sessions for board members.

What is the duration of a Ransomware Tabletop exercise?

Depends on the audience and number of participants. Technical tabletop sessions can last up to three hours. For senior executives and management a Ransomware Tabletop exercise can last between 45 - 90 minutes.

Do you conduct physical & virtual tabletop sessions?

We conduct both physical and virtual ransomware tabletop sessions. Professionally, we recommend that tabletop sessions are held virtually or remotely as a remote session best imitates reality. Most incidents strike when staff are not necessarily in one location.

Ransomware and regular tabletop exercise. What's the difference?

In a regular Cyber Crisis Tabletop Exercise (CCTE), we explore all cyber threats that can impact your organisation.  In a Ransomware Tabletop Exercise, we lay exclusive focus on the ransomware threat and the impact it can have on your organisation. 

Ransomware Tabletop Exercises and Ransomware Assessments

Why not find out more about our Ransomware Tabletop Exercises and Ransomware assessments? Book a no-obligation discovery call with one of our consultants. 

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We provide support on cybersecurity strategy, policies, incident response, gap assessments, SIEM assessments, GDPR, Cyber Crisis Tabletop Exercises, Breach Readiness Assessments, and more. Speak to us to find out how we can assist.