Business Digital Resilience

Led By: Lisa Gibbs
Supported By: Steve Dimon

Vision & Mission

The Business Digital Resilience programme aims to empower owners, managers and employees across the city to make smarter, risk-based, IT decisions.

Above is a simplified overview of some of the actions and resources, both proactive and reactive, that go into building digital resilience. These will be different for each business, according to its size, industry and activities.

In business, agility and resilience are talked about together:

Agility = refers to the ability of organisations to detect and respond to opportunities and threats easily.
Resilience = refers to the capacity of organisations to recover from environmental shocks fast and easily after they have happened.

Johnson, G., Whittington, R., Scholes, K., Angwin, D. & Regner, P. (2017). Exploring Strategy: Text and Cases (11th ed.). Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.

About the Programme


Digital risks are changing and increasing as IT and connectivity evolve. Businesses must be resilient against these risks. The Business Digital Resilience programme aims to empower owners, managers and employees across the city to make smarter, risk-based, IT decisions. A cultural shift in risk awareness and the implementation of day-to-day best practices in IT systems, backups, cyber security and user training will help Portsmouth businesses become some of the most resilient, secure and predictable working environments in the UK. Their digital resilience will confer confidence in supply chains, drive growth, and attract further investment into our outstanding city.


Utilizing online educational programmes, local media, social media, business networking groups and more, the Business Digital Resilience project is empowering owners and employees of small businesses across the region to make smarter security decisions every moment of every day.


Through a cultural shift in cybersecurity awareness and day-to-day best practices by the people of Portsmouth, secure and predictable working environments will flourish. This in turn confers confidence, drives growth, and will attract further investments into our outstanding city.


  1. Create a positive culture around digital resilience by offering free-of-charge resources.
  2. Host four webinars per year which are recorded for long life.
  3. To publish one article on the Shaping channels per month, written by experts with facts and top tips every two months, written by experts with facts and top tips.
  4. Share links and resources on the Shaping website that will help businesses build resilience.
  5. Raise awareness of digital risks among SME business owners and help them understand the risk is very significant for SMEs, not just large companies as seen on the news.

Business Digital Resilience is delivered in partnership with:


Business Digital Resilience Articles

The Business Digital Resilience Team are publishing a series of blog posts and articles, designed to be educational and awareness-raising for businesses.


These statistics from the 2022 Cyber Security Breaches Survey, commissioned by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport as part of the National Cyber Security Programme, are presented by Philip Gibbs Insurance Brokers.

Check Your Domain

Shaping Portsmouth have arranged access for Portsmouth businesses to a free email security checking tool, delivered by 1st Computer Services.

Click the button below and by simply inputting your domain, the tool will search publicly available information online and identify how secure your domain is. In just a few seconds, the tool will tell you:

  • If someone can impersonate email coming from your domain (also known as spoofing)
  • If someone can impersonate email coming from sub domain based addresses
  • If someone can impersonate you by using a different domain suffix, such as .com or .uk
  • Tips on how to secure your email account

Other Resources

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Guidance from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on “Actions to take when the cyber threat is heightened”

Training for small organisations and charities from the NCSC

The five training topics are:

1)            Backing up your organisation’s data

2)            Protecting against malware

3)            Creating strong passwords

4)            Keeping your devices secure

5)            Defending against phishing


Want to know more about this programme? Contact us.

Always looking for people

If you’d like to join this programme, send us an email and let us know a bit about yourself and your business.