Putting people's responses to cyber & physical security threats to the test

Written by: David Henderson on Sep 28, 2021

Recently the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Cyber Protect Team and Vertical Structure delivered the Decisions & Disruptions online workshop.

Companies ranging from global manufacturing organisations to fintech scale ups, healthcare providers to corporate clothing suppliers took part.

Players were challenged with managing the security of a small utility company. The teams were given a budget that they could spend among a range of different defensive options.

Decisions Disruptions

Decisions had to be made, taking into account a number of potential threats, known vulnerabilities of the infrastructure, past and ongoing cyber attacks, and of course the ever-present budget limits.

When presented face to face, Lego is used to keep a track of the story, where you’ve spent your money and angles for attack. When being presented remotely, a shared screen and specially developed application allows team leaders to keep track and view the current status.

This was a fun and competitive way for the players to find out how to protect their companies from cyber attacks. Players saw how to prioritise different technical, procedural, and physical controls that their organisation can employ to enhance cyber security. As part of the Cyber Protect Network within UK Policing, we are delighted to be able to offer this exercise to organisations across Northern Ireland.

Detective Constable Sam Kinkaid who is the PSNI Cyber Protect Officer
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Decisions & Disruptions is a great exercise to help senior level staff who make decisions for their organisation improve their ability to communicate cyber security to internal and external stakeholders.

Simon Whittaker, CEO of Vertical Structure

This workshop was a practical and engaging way to develop the decision making process in that reflects everyday balance between threats, available budget and resources and what needs to be done to protect businesses from modern day threats. It was great to see such a variety of businesses take part and learn from the experience – these threats don’t discriminate and any practice makes us better.

Joe Dolan, Head of Northern Ireland Cyber Security Centre

About Decisions & Disruptions

The award-winning Decisions and Disruptions exercise has been shaped and developed by Cyber Griffin, part of the City of London Police, and awarded NCSC certification.

We're experts in helping companies create realistic plans for business continuity events. If you’re looking for a partner to help you navigate this area, we would love to work with you.

Please sign up for our next workshop "exercise in a box" where, along with Pinsent Masons, we will facilitate the scenario of a phishing attack leading to a ransomware infection. This free, 90 minute non technical workshop will help organisations find out how resilient they are to cyber attacks and allow them to practise their response.

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