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Cyber Breach: What if your defenses fail? Design exercises to map strategy

November 13, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Long Beach Convention Center
300 E Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90802
International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

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Cyber incidents affect every aspect of an organization and has become one of the most pressing issues in crisis, emergency and business continuity management today. And yet few focus on the impact of the breach. A well designed exercise can do just that.

Conducting a cyber exercises can be a sobering experiences for fairly simple reasons. First, a cyber attack is a threat that all agencies and organizations face. Yet, few are truly ready for one. And, while your technology department is feverishly working to fend off a cyber attack, very few have a plan for the impact of an actual attack.   As we all know, if an attack happens, it can be devastating and there are very few risks that executives and elected officials fear more.

Those are pretty compelling reasons to use a cyber scenario for your next exercise. We will focus on the eight most important things you much have in place to make this exercise work: Senior Management Support, A Willing Technology and Information Security Department, Select The Right Exercise Type, Two Design Teams, Interwoven Narrative and Injects, Make it Public – “Out” the Company, A Well-Honed After-action Report, and Careful Exercise Follow-up

With a bit of careful planning, creativity, and vision – a great exercise can be devised that will really help build your agencies plan, program, and team. And it will certainly foster confidence throughout the organization.

If the future is anything like the past, cyber incidents are not going away anytime soon. Life will continue to be even more complicated. Plan your next exercise to be a cyber exercise focused on the impact of a breach and how your organization will deal with it. Based on the probability of a cyber event, you had better get going!


  • Create a cyber exercise that engages everyone from your senior executives to the department leaders.
  • Discover how two design teams create an exercise that focuses on the technology and agency issues.
  • Learn how to create an experience that focuses on reputation and brand concerns.

Knowledge and Information

  • Learn the top eight things you must have in place for a cyber breach exercise to be successful.
  • Learn how to create a cyber breach exercise that focuses on the impacts to the organization and it’s ability to function.
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