ALT: Ransomware Rapid Response

Rapidly mobilize your response to a ransomware attack

What It Is

When an organization has been hit with a ransomware attack, the ability to make quick, effective decisions is critical. Nemertes Adaptive Leadership Training (ALT) is a structured, proven methodology for training your technology and cybersecurity professionals to respond effectively in a cybersecurity crisis. Nemertes’ decades of technology and cybersecurity expertise paired with Major Donald Vandergriff’s groundbreaking, military fast-response training provides the foundation for this offering.

Too often, a ransomware Incident Response Plan (IRP) is just a document on a server; when the crisis emerges, the team struggles to respond. With ALT Ransomware Rapid Response, Nemertes works with your team to fine-tune your ransomware IRP and ensure that your team is able to execute on it effectively in a variety of circumstances. Based on the principles of outcome-based learning (OBL) deployed in military training around the world, ALT employs facilitated, immersive, problem-centric decision-making exercises.

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The use of scenario-based decision exercises as part of an outcomes-centric approach to learning is a game-changer…. This approach is applicable to all types of organizations.
—Colonel Chad Foster, Commander of the U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Hood, TX

What You Get

Over the training period, Nemertes works with your team to enhance and improve your ransomware incident response plan (IRP) and takes small teams of individuals through a carefully structured sequence of workshops, guiding participants to develop and strengthen key leadership capabilities.

Your organization comes away with a comprehensive ransomware IRP and the confidence your team can execute on it. Program participants come away with enhanced abilities in:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Decision making in the face of confounding variables
  • Taking action under time pressure
  • Effectively adapting to a rapidly-changing environment

As part of the program, participants receive a “ransomware best practices” toolkit, an up-to-date ransomware IRP customized for your organization, and an extensive bibliography enabling them to pursue key concepts in depth. Participants also receive a PDF copy of the Outcomes Based Learning Professional Handbook.

Graduates of this program receive a Certificate of Completion, Specialized ALT: Ransomware Rapid Response. As follow-on to the training, participants also have the option of participating in an ongoing ALT graduate seminar, through which participants continue to meet with ALT facilitators and to further their leadership skills.

The Team

About Donald Vandergriff

Major Donald E. Vandergriff (US Army retired) is an award-winning teacher, writer and lecturer who specializes in military leadership education and training. He served 24 years as a Marine, ARNG enlisted, and US Army Armor officer. After retiring from the US Army he worked for US Army Capabilities Integration Centre (ARCIC) Forward with a focus on leader and soldier development. He has also been a consultant and guest speaker at NATO, the US Military Academy, and several law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Baltimore Police Department.

Vandergriff is the author or editor of seven books and over 100 articles dealing with leadership. His book, Adopting Mission Command: Developing Leaders for a Superior Command Culture has been widely praised by a range of experts in military leadership.

In 2013, Vandergriff won a Fellowship in the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) based in the UK. He holds a BA in Education from University of Tennessee and an MA in German Military History from American Military University, with post-graduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke, and Georgetown University.

Vandergriff is currently Director of Adaptive Leadership Training at Nemertes. He delivers the foundational component of the ALT program.

About Nemertes Facilitators

The Nemertes Ransomware Rapid Response ALT program is delivered by Donald Vandergriff and the Nemertes team, who are responsible for the ransomware- and cybersecurity-specific components. The Nemertes facilitation team comprises John Burke, Johna Till Johnson, and Jerald Murphy.

John Burke is Nemertes’ Chief Technology Officer and has served in a variety of roles in information technology, including cybersecurity. He is a sought-after writer and speaker who oversees Nemertes’ research on key aspects of cybersecurity, including Zero-Trust.

Johna Till Johnson is Nemertes’ CEO. She has served in a variety of roles in information technology and cybersecurity, including as CTO of engineering firm Greenwich Technology Partners. She is a sought-after writer and speaker and currently serves as the content committee chair for the Wall Street Technology Association. She oversees Nemertes’ research, including cybersecurity.

Jerald Murphy is Nemertes’ SVP of Research and Consulting, and focuses on (among other things) ransomware. He has served in a variety of IT and IT management roles, most recently as CEO of the managed services firm BITS. A graduate of West Point, he is a former Army ranger and a former lecturer.

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