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Accessing Top Leadership’s Muscle Memory in Response to Data Breach Simulations


How would your organization handle a full-scale data breach? Ongoing and continuous training can help to greatly improve the ability of top leaders to respond to a cybersecurity breach, as well as contain the damage that may have severe consequences.
 
An organization cannot afford the luxury of overlooking their level of readiness towards a cybersecurity event; government, shareholders and key individuals would not want to be associated with a company that is lethargic in their approach towards cybersecurity. Thus, a data breach should not be something that is sparingly talked about, it should be something that is anticipated and constantly drilled against.
 
Only a few top companies actually practice real-time response drills. The rest are still stuck in an old and mediocre tabletop exercise that does little to offer any real help. Rather than dwell on rudiment methods, top executives should be taking proactive steps to assess the performance of their various cybersecurity team as well as the rest of the C-suite.
 
Training is Key
In truth, the response to a cyber event can wreak more havoc than the cyber threat itself. What is your own organization’s reaction? Don’t leave it to luck – put it to the test. IBM’s X-Force Command Centers (XFCC) offers a series of simulations that can help guide your incident response team by challenging them with real-life scenarios.
 
IBM security vice president Caleb Barlow last year shared an engaging concept which allowed leaders to train their muscle memory when reacting to a breach. XFCC offers an all-day course that can help prepare executives in the necessary crisis leadership skill that they will need to react to in the event of a breach. Leaders in conjunction with the technical team will partner to access the severity of a breach, and help to avert it before turning their focus towards recovery.
 
IBM recently commissioned a new X-force Command Center in Poland in June 2017 in a bid to support its client spread across the globe in responding to cybersecurity incidents, especially with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements in mind. Barow reckoned that the motivation behind the XFCC-based simulation is to train executives in the experience of something that their various business experience and MBA training failed to acknowledge. Can your global business risk the chance of failing in its defense to a GDPR-covered breach?
 
The Merits of Data Breach Simulations
Due to the fact that not until very recently, the world has probably never seen a threat that could obliterate a company in just hours, thus, only very few executives have the required experience to contain an active data breach in real time.
 
Organizations must ensure that their top leadership can efficiently handle a data breach and respond accordingly. Would your organization's actions help or aggravate the situation in the light of a cyber event? Data breach simulations can help train executives to adequately handle cyber event cases adequately and in real time.