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 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

Donald Vandergriff (U.S. 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, Tennessee Army National Guard enlisted, and U.S. Army Armor officer. After retiring from the U.S. Army, he worked for their Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) Forward with a focus on leader and soldier development. He has also been a consultant and guest speaker at NATO, the U.S. Military Academy, and several law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the 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.

Vandergriff has acted as a consultant to the Chief of Staff of the Army’s Strategic Initiative Group (SIG) as well as to the Commander of the Army’s Maneuver Center of Excellence, the Commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, and the U.S. Military Academy. His methodology, Outcomes Based Learning (OBL), was placed in the 2020 USMC Strategy and Campaign Plans and employed by the U.S. Marine Corps. Vandergriff’s work on mission command (Adaptive Leadership Training) is currently being used by the Ukrainian Army in its decentralized efforts against the Russian Army.

Vandergriff is the 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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