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On Stranger Tides

Updated: Jan 15, 2020

​​"An organisation's ability to absorb and adapt in a changing environment". That's the definition of Organisational Resilience given by Professor Wolfgang H Mahr, and times they sure are a-changing! You don't have to be a thrill-seeker to seek out challenging conditions; they're here for all of us. We're all in the same boat, trying to survive a storm at sea. Yet a business that has anticipated issues affecting continuity and responds effectively has better odds, not only of surviving...but thriving!

The ISO 22316 - Security & Resilience - Operational Resilience build upon the foundations of the standards for Business Continuity, Information Security and Incident Management. Where once a firm wiped its brow having endured troubled waters, it could soon find itself high and dry as another wave hits. Because the only thing certain in this period of uncertainty is that more waves are on the horizon. We're experiencing an acceleration of change not seen since the Industrial Revolution of the 19th Century. This technological transformation has been labelled the Fourth Industrial Revolution and is instrumental in the increased frequency of disruptions affecting us all.

Whether its external factors like socio-economical fluctuations, political upheavals, ecological imbalances etc, or incidents closer to home, e.g. needing to develop our own digital capabilities, resilience allows us to quickly recover. Professor Mahr at describes, "the concept of resilience is nothing new. Mother Nature has applied these principles for quite some time. For long-term stability and growth, we must develop our ability to adapt." Lessons can be learned when we study the experiences from every