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Digital Resilience White Paper Published by ISRS and Shearwater Group


The Institute for Strategy, Resilience & Security (ISRS) at
University College London (UCL), in association with Shearwater Group
plc, release a white paper "Digital Resilience – Understanding The
Challenges Of Resilience In Digital Environments".

The Institute
for Strategy, Resilience & Security
(ISRS) at University College
London (UCL) in association with Shearwater Group plc (LON:SWG),
announced the release of a new white
entitled Digital Resilience – Understanding The Challenges
of Resilience in Digital Environments

The Rt Hon. Lord Reid of Cardowan, Executive Chairman of ISRS commented:

"Digital technology has become a vital infrastructure underpinning the
functioning of every aspect of human society, and is increasingly
interwoven with decision making and business processes. Failures of
imagination by leadership teams to consider both the opportunities and
risks that emerge from the digital environment represent potent
catalysts of future existential crises. This new white paper attempts to
draw out some of the most important issues for senior executives and
illustrates the need for assessment of digital resilience in terms of
the capability of their organisations to anticipate, respond, learn and
evolve. I believe that there has never been a more important time to do

The paper highlights digital resilience as addressing both
organisational survival and success equally, encompassing the need to
maintain an evolutionary and competitive strategy in an emerging digital
environment, while managing the risks generated. It emphasises the
critical importance of assessing innovation opportunities and capability
gaps in the face of digital hyper-competition, as well as exposure of
irreplaceable, ‘digitally dependent' core processes to vulnerabilities
such as technology failure, cyberattack and machine learning bias, which
can combine and cascade in unexpected ways.

The white paper argues that digital resilience is therefore about
acquiring a dynamic state of continual evolution and learning within the
digital environment. When fully understood and implemented, digital
resilience should enable an organisation to anticipate and use new
challenges, not merely to rebound, but to bounce forward, with crises
becoming pointers towards opportunity and catalysts for evolution.

The paper observes that many organisations have yet to accept and
internalise at a senior leadership level the degree to which their
operational resilience is coincident with digital resilience. It
proposes an assessment process and framework of key questions for
leaders to define, identify and address digital resilience
opportunities, both from a business and technology perspective.

The full paper can be downloaded at



The Institute for Strategy Resilience & Security (ISRS) (
at UCL serves as a pioneer and forum for next generation thinking.
Founded by the Rt Hon. Lord Reid of Cardowan, ISRS provides analysis and
assessment of the major issues of resilience with respect to national
and global infrastructure and the ability of governments, regulators and
businesses to respond to them. The Institute advises industry and the
public sector on the persistent challenges to their agility, stamina and
capacity for strategic decision making, so as to better face existential
threats and disruptive innovation that are not addressed by conventional
strategy and forecasting.

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