The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA)

In today’s evolving and complex world, experts need the opportunity to problem solve complex issues and weigh the strengths and weaknesses of sometimes conflicting interests. Tabletop exercises are a key component to many agencies to address challenges and problem-solve in a simulated environment for future responses. As noted in our blog, “understanding the implications and evolution of today’s cybersecurity landscape is a tall order, both for those new to the field and those well-established.”

ICF and The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) will conduct a tabletop exercise simulating a cyber-based incident on regional energy and transportation infrastructures on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

ICF has prepared a cyber scenario for 5 teams, each consisting of 6-7 people, along with somebody from the “control team” to oversee. We expect a two-move exercise, one in which we give the participants initial conditions and an update reflecting evolution of the situation. The teams will then brief to the general participants their policy and operational recommendations. Their intended audience will be the President’s Homeland Security Advisor, for which the exercise controller will serve as proxy. Teams will comprise Government and industry experts with cyber, energy, transportation, media/communication, and public sector experience.