Strategic support involves the use of scenarios to help people better understand the decisions they have to make. This method is particularly useful for developing security policy, security training and awareness, building team cohesion, analysis of major long-term security decsions, and selections of technologies and techniques in complex settings involving many stakeholders.


  • Scenario development helps to focus the organization on consequences and key decisions.
  • Policy development in practice situations brings out practical issues that are often missed in purely analytical methods.
  • Training with scenarios creates an atmosphere far more conducive to learning than lectures, video tapes, and other widely used methods - and it also provides documented, measurable results.
  • Scenario-based exercises engage the participants in an enjoyable and fruitful experience that stimulates thinking about security issues.
  • Strategic scenarios provide an active learning experience with proven effectiveness.

    The Process:

  • Working together, we develop a set of scenarios that will best suit your needs.
  • On-site visits facilitate initial use of scenarios in exercises within your organization.
  • Results are reported and scenarios are updated and tuned to your needs.
  • For corporate-wide rollout, we train your people to facilitate exercises, and provide everything you need to run the scenarios and assess the results.
  • We partner with you to provide what you need.

    Scenario-Based Training

    "Scenario-based exercises are more than just a fun way to address serious problems. They are a unique way to gain insight, explore new ideas, and get people thinking."

    Some Example Scenarios:

    These examples of base scenarios were developed as starting points for exercises that explore security strategies in specific environments. Using these initial scenarios, a variety of different event sequences have be played out to help understand issues ranging from Year 2000 planning to research programs for response technologies.

    Kelly Engineering Analysis Scenario Heart Throb Scenario

    Three Ways to Go:


    We provide low-cost off-the-shelf and semi-custom scenario-based games that can be used for simple policy development and training. These include:

    The Network Game is a discussion game designed both to help develop security policy and to teach it to employees. It is most commonly used as a tool to bring policy to life by placing the trainee in real-life situations where they make decisions and compare their moves to the organization's policies.

    The Sexual Harassment Game is a situational game designed to clearly differentiate what is and is not permitted between employees. Small groups of employees participate in situational decisions about what is and is not harassment and how they should react to the different circumstances. Their moves are compared to the organization's official scoring, and teams compete for best scores.

    Legalities and Ordering

    Using our exclusive Internet strategic gaming capabilities, we can provide your employees with access to our standard games or semi-customized games that meet your policy and training objectives.

    Would you like to play a game?

    Try An Example:

    The example games provided above give you an idea of how interactive strategic scenario games can work for you. Try one of the non-restricted games on for size and get a feel for how your employees will use their on-line experience to help them do a better job.

    While Internet-based gaming doesn't provide the same interactive advantages of sitting in a room with other people discussing the issues, it provides a very low cost alternative to other training methods, gives instant feedback to employees, and gives detailed feedback to management on how each employee performed.

    Low Cost:

    The cost of interactive Internet gaming can be as little as $2500 for setup and $2 per trainee. You can even have us set up and operate an interwctive gaming system on your Intranet site and teach your people how to set up their own games.

    All of the off-the-shelf games you see to the left are available as Internet games, as well as semi-customized and fully customized strategic scenario games.

    More Details:

    For more details, contact us.


    Customized games are built to the need. This normally begins with an on-site visit to discuss your environment and see what you do and how your operations work. Based on this visit we develop a customized sample base scenario that described the fundamental aspects of the situation you want to evaluate. We then develop event sequences that stress the issues of particular interest, and work with you to make a final version for an off-site exercise.

    Once the scenarios are good to go, we hold exercises, generate initial results in real-time, produce a report of the overall findings along with analysis, and provide all the tools you require to rerun the exercise at a later time or under different conditions. The typical cost is about $40,000 to $60,000 depending on the complexity of the situation and the size of the excersize.

    These types of scenarios are commonly used by large organizations where complex decisions involving many stakeholders must be made. The games result in a combination of improved interaction between participants, improved understanding of the wide range of differing perspectives within the organization, better management understanding of technical issues, and better technical understanding of management concerns and priorities.

    Some organzations combine short courses with scenario-based training to enhance the understanding and application of the information presented in the course. This multi-mode learning has been shown to make for far more effective training and education and is increasingly being used in organizations where complex decisions involving complicated technologies have to be made in very short time frames.

    Related Materials

    A Talk on Scenario-Based Training
    The Network Security Game
    Would You Like to Play a Game?
    A Delphi Study of Information Warfare

    What They Say

    "We are buzzing here about [the game]..." (a Security Manager responsible for 50,000 employees) 
    Gaming for training and awareness was found twice as effective as its second closest competitor. (survey of factors contributing to improvements at a top-5 aerospace company) 
    "It has been used to effectively bridge the gap between qualitative values and quantitative decisions" (group manager from a $billion+ corporation)
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