Tabletop Exercises

Know How to Respond Before a Cyber Incident Takes Place

It’s not a matter of if, but when a cyber incident will happen at your company. A cyber attack is every company’s worst nightmare.  When a cyber attack occurs, it puts your confidential information at risk, and threatens to compromise your employees’ and clients’ data. Cyber attacks also represent a great risk for your company’s operations and your reputation. What can you do to prepare your organization in the eventuality of a cyber incident?

What Is a Tabletop Exercise?

A tabletop exercise is a role-based scenario that simulates a real-life cyber incident. Examples of tabletop exercise scenarios include:

  • Ransomware attacks
  • Insider threats
  • Business email compromises
  • Service provider disruptions

The objective of a tabletop exercise is to test your response capabilities before an incident occurs and to properly equip your team with the knowledge to respond effectively when the time comes.


  • Evaluates current policies and procedures for potential gaps
  • Identifies opportunities for process improvement
  • Clarifies roles and responsibilities
  • Tests decision-making
  • Educates incident response leaders on emerging threats
  • Satisfies compliance and contractual requirements

How We Can Help

Your organization could benefit from periodically testing your existing incident management and business continuity policies and procedures. Richter’s team of cybersecurity experts can help create and facilitate customized tabletop exercises tailored to your specific industry, along with providing lessons learned and recommendations for improvement.

If your organization does not already have documented incident response/business continuity plans, we at Richter can also help develop these documents while tailoring them to the size and scope of your organization.