In partnership with Intrinium, Splunk and KAI Partners, the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (Chancellor’s Office) executed an Incident Response Tabletop Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019.

Developed by Stephen Heath, Executive Consultant at the Chancellor’s Office, the workshop was designed to stimulate dialogue and planning among the colleges for the imminent danger of cybersecurity incidents. The two-part, four-hour workshop featured a progressive cybersecurity scenario where more than 75 in-person and virtual participants were required to think critically about how their department would prepare, react and mitigate cybersecurity risks. Key topics discussed during the scenario included email phishing and ransomware.

Scenarios such as this one are critically important to creating more effective and consistent organizational responses to cybersecurity incidents and have been shown to lower the cost of an incident by roughly 17 percent. In 2019 alone, the U.S. has seen an exponentially increasing amount of phishing and ransomware incidents across the education sector.

Please review a sample portion of the incident response simulation scenario, and download both the PowerPoint presentation and Incident Response Playbook for additional information.

The Chancellor’s Office intends to bring additional scenarios to the system on at least an annual basis.

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