By Dominic Cockram
Cyber attacks will continue to threaten business operations in 2016, with many commentators claiming that this year we could see ‘the big one’.
Organisations are increasingly focused on understanding the impacts a cyber attack could have on their operations and reputation. Many are now using cyber scenarios in their crisis exercises to test and validate their assumptions on how they would respond and reflect on the unique challenges a cyber attack could bring.
The exercises range from fully immersive simulations, that develop and build competence and confidence, by allowing a realistic replication of the pressures, issues and uncertainty, to desktop sessions, that provide leadership teams and broader management the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the nuances of a cyber response such as the awkward language and reporting processes.
Having run a large number of cyber exercises over the last 18 months, I thought it would be useful to share some of the common lessons.