Tabletop guidance
Tabletop exercises are a common practice to help organizations prepare for and respond to emergency events. See below for our quick-start manual and helpful guidance to help you run successful tabletop exercises.

Playbook Security's software was built specifically to help teams effectively prepare for, run, and review tabletop exercises. Our end-to-end software platform provides customizable scenario content, note-taking tools, feedback and exercise reviews, and end-of-exercise reports to distribute across your organization and to regulators.
The purpose of an incident response tabletop exercise is to provide a training opportunity for all stakeholders to practice using their company’s incident response plan to react, manage and recover from incidents.
Organizations conduct tabletop exercises for many reasons including:
  • Regulatory requirement
  • Contractual obligations
  • Cybersecurity insurance requirement
  • Good business practice
While your organization may have additional company and line of business specific objectives, most companies will:
  • Practice decision making processes during an incident
  • Analyze inevitable and sometimes unforeseen chain of events effects of incidents
  • Ensure responsibilities and critical functions are addressed by members of your organization
  • Identify and address gaps in policies, processes and capabilities to react, manage and recover and minimize harm to the business
  • Work through a heightened simulated scenario that validates team member’s roles and responsibilities
  • Evaluate management and other line of business capabilities for responding to an event that has escalated to a level requiring multiple stakeholder communications and human capital management
  • Ensure timely, consistent and centralized management of incidents
Assumptions and ground rules
Don’t fight the scenario! This is a training opportunity and our objective is not to debate whether this specific incident could actually occur. Instead, our task is to prepare and respond to the scenario. Provide responses and perspectives based on your role, responsibilities and experience.

Remember that we rarely have all the information we need, but decisions must be made. Assume you have the full backing and support of your organization and resources.
Responsible for presenting tabletop scenario information and guiding discussions and actions of the exercise

Interact with other tabletop participants and provide information and guidance on how to address issues based on experience

Support facilitators and players, observe tabletop exercise and capture key points and takeaway items
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