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Why Are Cybersecurity Tabletop Exercises Important?
Numerous tangible and intangible advantages come along with performing cybersecurity tabletop exercises, especially when they are organised with the guidance of a managed security services provider (MSSP) such as Microminder:
All in all, these tangible and intangible benefits will result in a much more efficient response to real-life cyber threats, as the company would have built solid expertise and threat intelligence through these exercises.
Cybersecurity tabletop exercises enable the company to gain insight into the potential impact of a target security breach as well as diagnose weaknesses and inefficiencies in their defence mechanisms. With increased knowledge of resource constraints, your business can adjust its budgets and headcount to achieve risk mitigation goals.
A successful cybersecurity tabletop exercise should allow your business to better understand its capabilities in making critical decisions on its business operations. Other than that, your company will gain a more in-depth understanding of the compatibility of the technologies and communication protocols between various internal and external stakeholders. Moreover, your security team will also learn how effectively they manage risks amidst a simulated cyber-attack. Consequently, your company can use these data points to enhance the quality of your in-house cybersecurity training.
Upon completing a cybersecurity tabletop exercise, your organisation will be much more likely to have an enhanced knowledge of the stakeholder roles. As a result, this provides a forum for the various parties to share ideas, improve their coordination, and clarify roles and responsibilities before, during, and after a security breach incident. What's more, a strong sense of camaraderie may be fostered across the different company departments in the best-case scenario, as participants of such exercises have reportedly improved their attitudes towards preventative cybersecurity measures and developed stronger working relationships with their peers.
On that note, there are a number of exercise types Microminder could conduct. Nevertheless, the suitable forms of cybersecurity tabletop exercises would typically vary from one entity to another, depending on their critical electronic assets (such as sensitive data, networks, and applications), their company operations (e.g., data transmission and processing approach), together with the types of third-party transactions (e.g., between business partners and/or vendors) that the firm employs on a day-to-day basis. Henceforth, the efficacy of cybersecurity tabletop exercises will largely depend on selecting the proper practices for your company's operations, common security issues, and the industry it operates in.
Ideally, as a result of the exercise, your organisation should become familiar with a mixture of common cyber threats as an effective revision alongside emerging threats that your IT department may have never encountered.
Examples of best practices include:
Considering the highly technical and sophisticated nature of cybersecurity tabletop exercises, it is imperative for firms to employ highly experienced IT subject matter experts to facilitate the overall implementation of these exercises and devise appropriate threats scenarios that the business should familiarise themselves with. Microminder has an experienced team of cybersecurity experts who can help you get the most out of your cybersecurity tabletop exercise.
There are several factors that an organiser must take into account when designing a cybersecurity tabletop exercise, including the context of scenario narratives, the target audience, and the likelihood of such scenarios occurring in real life (especially from the participants' point-of-view).
Upon completing the cybersecurity tabletop exercises, Microminder’s team members in charge of its execution will discuss and examine the overall progress and outcome of the exercise. In particular, we will determine areas of improvement so that exercise participants from your company are able to walk away from the simulation with practical learning takeaways and action plans.
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