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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, has published a new white paper, ‘Digital resilience – understanding the challenges of resilience in digital environments’.

The paper highlights digital resilience as addressing both organizational 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 organization 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 organizations 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

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