People are your greatest asset, so as a local government you are investing in your community when you invest in the people. Unfortunately, many governments fail to educate their workers on the importance of cyber security.

The Department of Homeland Security provides a complete guide to cyber exercise workshops that any office or employee can use. Recommended by Homeland Security, these exercises can develop the skills of any-level employees:

    1. Cyber Storm – Cyber Storm is DHS’s flagship, biennial exercise series, which provides an opportunity for the Federal Government, SLTT organizations, and the private sector to address cyber incident response as a community. Now on its sixth iteration, each exercise in the series has simulated the discovery of, and response to a coordinated CI cyber attack.
    2. Exercise planning and conduct – NCCIC leverages DHS’s Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) model to plan and conduct a full spectrum of discussion- and operations-based cyber exercises based on stakeholder needs. This support includes the development of exercise scenarios and supporting materials, meeting facilitation, exercise facilitation and control, and exercise evaluation.
    3. Cyber exercise consulting – For entities that prefer to develop their own exercises, NCCIC provides subject matter experts to consult on exercise design and development. NCCIC also makes off-the-shelf resources available for stakeholder use, which includes a scenario library, the Cyber Tabletop Exercise Package, Cyber Virtual Tabletop Exercises, and cyber incident response planning templates.
    4. Cyber planning support – SME-run Cyber Planning Workshops are available to assist stakeholders with developing and revising integrated cyber plans.


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