Simulate - Security Pillar

Simulate

Run game days: Game days, also known as simulations or exercises, are internal events that provide a structured opportunity to practice your incident management plans and procedures during a realistic scenario. Game days are fundamentally about being prepared and iteratively improving your response capabilities. Some of the reasons you might find value in performing game day activities include:

  • Validating readiness

  • Developing confidence – learning from simulations and training staff

  • Following compliance or contractual obligations

  • Generating artifacts for accreditation

  • Being agile – incremental improvement

  • Becoming faster and improving tools

  • Refining communication and escalation

  • Developing comfort with the rare and the unexpected

For these reasons, the value derived from participating in a SIRS activity increases an organization's effectiveness during stressful events. Developing a SIRS activity that is both realistic and beneficial can be a difficult exercise. Although testing your procedures or automation that handles well-understood events has certain advantages, it is just as valuable to participate in creative SIRS activities to test yourself against the unexpected and continuously improve.