KERNELIS

RESILIENCE

Kernelis-Resilience is a method and a computerized system invented and developed to give to the client organization the rational means of reinforcing their resilience and of reducing their risk while optimizing the needed resources.


Kernelis-Resilience processes an organizational structure as being a unified system, it calculates its stability as the resultant of energies (static and dynamic) and evaluates the systemic response (reaction) when forces are applied to this system.

WHY KERNELIS RESILIENCE?

Organizational risk and resilience assessment should not be playing dice and should not give room to subjectivity. However, conventional methods, which all aim at answering the question “What might go wrong?”, are based on intuition and are therefore subjected to human and cognitive biases. Hence, the risk-based approach, which is the current rule in multiple domains of activities (national defense, drugs and biotech industry, airports and air transportation, nuclear and chemical plants), cannot be rationally controlled and the need for a new paradigm to address these critical issues is clearly expressed by competent bodies.

Kernelis Resilience gives a resolutely new approach, based on a robust scientific model, to allow an objective management of the organizational strategies. The strategies evaluated by Kernelis Resilience are not treated on a sole defensive perspective, as it is the case with traditional risk and resilience management. Kernelis Resilience also aims at reinforcing the organizational structure by a better assignment of the available resources and the determination of the most adapted strategies. Kernelis Resilience makes it possible to minimize the efforts (expressed in the terms of the costs and the constraints) for an optimal performance of the organization.

"Kernelis Resilience provides a rational approach that aims at enhancing a comprehensive and holistic management by knowledge for a controlled organizational and business development."

RISK, RESILIENCE & REINFORCEMENT

RISK

Quantity of destabilizing energy stored in a System and that can be released (suddenly or silently) if activated

 

RESILIENCE

Capacity of an organization to absorb the released energy without irreversible damage to its essential (vital) assets
 

REINFORCEMENT

Increasing the organizational resilience by a controlled reduction of risk


 

 HOW DOES IT WORK ?

THE MAIN STEPS

A comprehensive and up-to-date digitized ID of the organization.

The Domain of Activity is formatted as a database of consistent items and topics. The database is proactively prepared and made available by Kernelis.

The company selects the elements that define and cover its domain of activities.

To allow the treatment of the domain, it is discretized in a set of Critical Points. The set of Critical Points (from 5,000 to 20,000) can be represented with a sphere where all the points are placed on its surface. Other displays are possible.

The domain can (should) be permanently updated by the company  to reflect its activity.

Acquisition of company’s parameters, i.e. the digital ID of the Organization (about 120 checkboxes to value).

Result of the parametrization is compiled in a code which is integrated by Kernelis Resilience to assess the company’s risk, resilience and reinforcement levels.The parametrization is permanently updated by the company to reflect its organization.

Mapping graphic are convenient to locate the Critical Points within the defined processes. The display of the system through a sphere (left panel) or a 2D map (right panel) are non-exhaustive solutions to quickly visualize the static state or dynamic behaviour of the system.

Computation of the Zero Base configuration: Identification of the vulnerability space (Location and magnitude of the risk) without Protecting Shield.

The method of Kernelis Resilience considers that an organization is a physical entity (the System) able to evolve and to change under the action of an external and permanently existing Forces Field. Under the action of the Forces Field, the System acquires energy of destabilization and is thus modified from its “at rest” configuration. If nothing comes to destabilize the System, it remains in its activated state, but it is still vulnerable. If the destabilization occurs, the acquired energy will be released in the System and if this energy exceeds the organizational resilience, the System would then be at risk of becoming uncontrollable and irremediable damages would be yielded.

Visual showing the effect of the force field acting on the system (activated state). The visualization of the location and the magnitude of the stored energy (vulnerability) for each critical points are enable through the color gradient.

The surrounding Forces Field is integrated as an encrypted vignette released by Kernelis together with further information about the status of the Client (license, access…).
The action of the Forces Field on the System creates an organizational configuration, called Vulnerabilities Space which is characterized by the total energy calculated on each critical points and by coupling values over the whole System.
The obtained configuration, calculated in the absence of Protecting Shield, is called Zero Base Configuration. It corresponds to the static worst case scenario.

Computation of the current configuration under a Protecting Shield: Comprehensive impact of the action plan (OAP) on the system.

To be reinforced, the organization implements an action plan (or OAP). This OAP consists in a documentary package and aims at protecting the System from the effects of the Forces Field and thus reducing the level of energy of destabilization.

However, the implementation of the OAP may require substantial efforts from the organization. Hence, if irrelevantly attributed, these efforts could even degrade the resilience capacity (for example with an excessive allocation of resources to the prevention of noncritical issues) and they would thus be counter-productive. To avoid such a situation, Kernelis Resilience can evaluate, both retrospectively and prospectively, the performance of the OAP. The anticipated outcome of the submitted OAP is then compared to the quantity of efforts required by its implementation. Kernelis Resilience can thus assess multiple strategic options before their effective implementation.

Applicable

Scope Determination

[XD]

Extraction, indexation and analysis of the linguistic descriptors constituted by the set of procedures of the OAP through the [XD] module. To prevent any subjectivity or misinterpretation of the elements belonging to the Organizational Action Plan [OAP], Kernelis Resilience integrates a proprietary Text Analysis Module: [XD], (adapted from Kernelis Descriptor).Any series of software legible document(s) edited in pdf (or .txt) format can be batch-wise loaded, and will be thus processed by specifically developed linguistic descriptors that are dedicated to a particular domain of activity. Kernelis Resilience assess the distribution of the efficacy of each individual protective measures (standard operating procedure) that constitute the OAP accross the force field.

Effect of the OAP which successfully reduced the stored energy in the system (risk) by decreasing the nodal deviation on a broad range of critical points.

The efforts, expressed in the dimensions of cost and constraint, needing to be in priority brought by the organization in order to stabilize the System are highlighted and listed.

Results are compiled and documented in automatically generated progress reports. These documents provide with essential results and necessary elements of traceability. 

  • Results are compiled in automatically generated progress reports. They provide with essential results and necessary elements of traceability.

  • Reports include a historical section to compare configurations obtained under different assumptions.

  • Hence, Kernelis Resilience supports the decision-making and rationalize the organizational strategy.

Based on the computed Risk and Resilience configuration, it is possible to determine where effort should be brought to strengthen the Organization and efficiently sustain its vital assets.
The user can rationally shape its [OAP] to specifically address the protection of the vital assets and optimize the cost and efforts.


In this example, the reinforcement axis R05 is selected. The more contributive points of the [VS] are listed accordingly to their impact. The elements of the existing [OAP] that should be reprocessed (with indication of the missing items) are given in the table “OAP IMPROVEMENT“. According to this, the next step of the structure reinforcement could consist in:

  • Cleaning the [OAP]: Remove or reclassify (i.e. downgrade the file from instruction to guidelines or even information) elements that are less contributive and which content is not aligned with the current strategy; Merge documents to increase their performance index and decrease cost.

  • Enhancing the [OAP]: The content of the elements listed in the table “OAP IMPROVEMENT“ should be reprocessed to integrate the missing topics.

  • Modifying the scope (Domain of Application) of the less contributive and/or excessively resources consuming elements of the [OAP].

  • Introducing in the [OAP] new elements (instructions and procedures but also reports of computational modeling and simulation that assess the security level of the Organization) that would address the more destabilizing points [VS] and filter off the forces that severely impact the System.

“The end-user always keeps the hand on the control of his organizational strategy“

A BROAD RANGE OF

ADDED VALUES

LIMITATIONS OF THE

CONVENTIONAL METHODS

  • Conventional methods generally process risks as discrete entities and face difficulties to cumulate and/or aggregate risks.

  • Conventional methods are by design highly subjective and this is systematically evidenced in real case situations.

  • Conventional methods  can be oriented by the team in charge of the analysis to mislead the outcomes.

  • Conventional methods are time and resources consuming. They are extremely costly to the Organization for a often poor results.

WITH KERNELIS RESILIENCE

  • Non Interpretative, provides reproducible & repeatable results, whoever are the members of the team. Gives no room for black swans.

  • Rapid and efficient. Keeps low the necessary organizational effort. Processing can be parallelized in 2 or more computers to reduce the overall duration.

  • Provides full traceability of loaded and computed data. analysis outcome can be retrospectively reviewed and assessed.  Intentional data modification cannot be  anticipated

  • processes data to couple elements and construct a self-consistent model. Kernelis-Resilience is based on a rational and extensively documented theory. The mathematical concepts included are those of topological spaces.

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