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United States : Deloitte s Cyber Threat War-Gaming Services Help C-Suite, Technical Staff Prepare, Respond and be Resilient to Cyber Attacks

August 2, 2014



Deloitte s Cyber Risk Services practice today announced the commercial availability of its cyber war-gaming and simulation services, bringing together the broad spectrum of people required for concerted response to cyber-attacks. Deloitte s cyber war-gaming and simulation services are part of a broader portfolio of resilient services that help organizations minimize the impact of cyber incidents.

Business leaders are coming to accept that even with the best security defenses in place, cyber incidents will occur, explains Ed Powers, national managing principal of Deloitte s Cyber Risk Services. Although a well-constructed incident response manual is necessary, this alone does not create the reflexive judgment capability that organizations may need if a security incident becomes a true business crisis. War-gaming trains diverse teams of responders to act rapidly to reduce the business disruption and costs often associated with cyber incidents, as well as to minimize brand and reputation damage.

Deloitte s cyber threat war-gaming approach draws on the strengths of its broader Risk Advisory capabilities, relies on leading thinking from the military and academia, and incorporates lessons learned from war-game simulations conducted for multi-national companies, government entities, regulatory bodies and industry groups. Deloitte served as objective observer and co-authored the After Action report for Quantum Dawn 2, a simulated systemic cyber attack on the U.S. financial system sponsored in June 2013 by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

Many organizations conduct technical rehearsals of their incident response plans, but Deloitte s cyber threat war-gaming services involve CEOs, CFOs, risk officers, talent (human relations) officers, legal counsel, and corporate communications teams, as well as technical responders.

When a cyber attack threatens critical operations, said Mary Galligan, a director in Deloitte s Cyber Risk Services, business leaders may need to make quick decisions to off-line core systems or applications. Executives may need to guide communications with media, customers, investors and regulators. Collaboration with law enforcement and industry peers may also be essential in limiting the exposure of critical infrastructure. Galligan was formerly the FBI Special Agent in Charge of Cyber and Special Operations for the FBI s New York office.


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