In the UK, following a major failure of public policy or service that results in human tragedy, there often follows a public enquiry.  If you are under the impression this is some bureaucratic process. Think again. They are a legal deep dive into corporate decision making failings, pointing out who made them and were they adequately skilled and trained in their role. The findings can be damning.

I thought I would share an example of a public enquiry report to remind executives and leaders that whatever decisions you make, when it comes to public safety you had better be able to justify yourself and your decisions. 

It therefore pays to look forward and wonder what the report might say about you, your business and department should the worst ever happen whilst you are on duty. This can add a useful perspective from which to write a business continuity or disaster recovery plan. 

This link is to an older report to avoid sensitivities around more recent events but the logic is still relevant today especially as we are heading to driverless cars, robotics, automation and artificial intelligence and a plethora of end devices that are vulnerable to attack/failure but which we will become increasingly reliant on in our interconnected but vulnerable world.