SimulationDeck: the leading internet simulator and exercise management tool.

In 2008, Nusura recognized that social media was changing the way organizations would need to prepare to work in the online information environment. Their experience as emergency responders and bold approach to technological innovation inspired them to create SimulationDeck.

Today, SimulationDeck is the leading information environment simulator and training event management tool. It is helping the US Department of Defense, federal, state, and local agencies, UN agencies, and private companies be better prepared to navigate the online information environment, make better decisions, save more lives, and defend brands and bottom lines.


SimulationDeck was built to meet the strict requirements of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. SimulationDeck is SSAE-16 SOC 2 Type II certified (available upon request), and our data center goes through rigorous security and process checks, similar to sites that are hosting credit card information.


SimulationDeck is monitored around the clock by a team of expert system administrators who anticipate and mitigate potential problems. SimulationDeck’s technical support team is also available to troubleshoot, answer questions, and provide user guidance 24/7/365.


SimulationDeck complies with all federal and defense service delivery requirements, is guaranteed accessible and functional more than 99% of the time, and has successfully powered national level exercises, exercises spanning continents, and military exercises with more than 15,000 participants. SimulationDeck’s infrastructure routes every network connection between four network providers, which guarantees that every SimulationDeck network connection is always available.


Nusura designed SimulationDeck as an accessible application for use by the whole community. Our software complies with federal standards for accessible electronic communication. Nusura’s development team conducts regular testing and validation to ensure that compliance is maintained. Nusura frequently tests SimulationDeck’s codebase using the World Wide Web Consortium, the main international standards organization for the Internet. Additionally, Nusura staff test SimulationDeck using JAWS, a leading screen reader software.


SimulationDeck Content Import facilitates the building and quick deployment of custom training scenarios. This feature enables planners to design training and exercise events by creating a spreadsheet and uploading it to SimulationDeck, allowing for rapid and repeated use of that training scenario.


SimulationDeck integrates with social media analytics programs, situational awareness applications, and other incident management tools which can consume SimulationDeck data through its application program interface.

SimulationDeck is private, accessible, and cloud-based.

SimulationDeck powers public- and private-sector exercises of all sizes, from small, local tabletops to full-scale exercises spanning multiple continents. SimulationDeck replicates the information environment and includes analogues to traditional news outlets, social media platforms, and other web-based technologies to provide open-source intelligence that players can use to develop situational awareness, enhance operational decision-making, and better inform public communications and messaging.


SimulationDeck Prepares Every Industry

Public Information & Warning: Organizations across the country use SimulationDeck to refine their emergency communications strategies and messages before releasing content to stakeholders or the public. The platform allows users to simulate their use of social media in an emergency, including how they post information, reference official statements, publish messages, and respond to the public.

Emergency Response: Social media is far too prevalent now for disaster response organizations to ignore. Content posted on social media very often drives operational decision making, changing the way we respond to an emergency. SimulationDeck mirrors real-world incidents, taking inspiration from actual events where people have used social media to reach out to first responders for help.

Defense: In today’s complex and aggressively dynamic information environment, superior information operations (IO) are critical to mission success. Training with SimulationDeck’s realistic, persistent training and simulation platform enhances mission effectiveness and gauges operational readiness across warfighting functions and staff sections.

Cyber: Social media and cyberspace landscapes are continually evolving. SimulationDeck allows exercise planners to replicate, in real time, the public-facing, whole-of-nation response to cyber rumors, threats, and attacks. SimulationDeck can also consume real-world data sets surrounding historical cyber or intelligence incidents for repurposing in the training environment.

Intelligence: In SimulationDeck, teams and forces learn to develop intelligence collection techniques to improve situational awareness and enhance operational decision-making. SimulationDeck’s OSINT information environment enables exercise controllers to evaluate a training audience's ability to identify and react to operationally-relevant intelligence.

Security: SimulationDeck helps security-focused teams practice validating operational security and leveraging information related capabilities (IRCs) to gain superiority and enhance the commander's decision making. Trainers use the platform to evaluate the readiness of individuals, teams, and forces to engage and respond to threats in the Information Environment.

Law Enforcement: Law enforcement personnel need realistically high-pressure, high-stakes training environments. SimulationDeck’s practice scenarios reflect and bring to life the realities of today’s information environment, where terrorists and criminals broadcast their activities over live streaming video websites, and victims post their locations on social media and wait for rescue.

Public Health: Public health exercise planners use SimulationDeck’s social media platforms, online broadcast and newspaper venues, blog pages, and other Internet sites to simulate rapidly evolving, high-stakes, high-profile disease outbreaks. These dynamic scenarios allow public health officials, hospitals, and other healthcare providers to practice coordinating SOPs and public messaging.

Corporate Crisis: In this twenty-first century social information environment, one negative post by a customer can degrade the market value of a multi-billion-dollar company in minutes. Every company has an urgent need to be better prepared to address these new realities and protect its bottom line without compromising corporate operations. SimulationDeck helps businesses stay ready.

Universities & Education: University administrators and educators are using SimulationDeck to prepare for campus-wide emergencies as well as bring classroom courses to life. SimulationDeck helps prepare university staff to effectively communicate life-saving information in an emergency. After using SimulationDeck in the classroom, students in business, marketing, communications, and journalism graduate with a social media crisis response certification.