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Ignition Guide to Building a Cyber Crisis Testing Program

Published: 01 September 2016

ID: G00339016

Analyst(s): Information Risk Research Team


This guide includes documents that will help you prepare your organization to respond to cyber crises, identify, document, and remediate gaps in the organization’s cyber crisis management plan, and lead cyber crisis testing at the enterprise level.

Table Of Contents



Step 1 of 6: Lay the Groundwork for Cyber Crisis Testing

Project Objectives

Roles and Responsibilities

Before You Start

Common Pitfalls and Keys to Success

Step 2 of 6: Develop a Plan for the Cyber Crisis Testing Program


How to Set Up for Success

Step 3 of 6: Design Effective Cyber Crisis Test Scenarios


How to Set Up for Success

Step 4 of 6: Outline Detailed Steps for Conducting Testing


How to Set Up for Success

Step 5 of 6: Prepare Guidelines for Documenting and Remediating Gaps


How to Set Up for Success

Step 6 of 6: Monitor Progress Over Time

Review Your Performance

Keys to Continued Success

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