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Cyber security is now a workplace health and safety issue

October 8, 2017 | Dr James Carlopio

We used to think cyber security was an IT problem.  Now, with identify theft, ransomware, phishing and numerous scams and fraud attempts targeted at both individuals and organisations, it is time to change the way we think about cyber security.  

BYOD, remote and mobile working and the internet of everything are blurring and breaking the boundaries between work-life and home-life.

One of the ways we will have to adjust is to start to think about cyber security, both personal and organisational security, as the over-arching concern within which we must start to see the connections between cyber security and workplace health and safety.  If an individual is not cyber-secure it may impact their personal health and safety, as well as the well-being of their family and the security and wellbeing of the organisations for which they work.

Cyber criminals are continually innovating.  They will try anything and everything.  We must also innovate in the ways we think about, plan for, react and pro-act in relation to cyber security if we are to have a chance at staying even and someday getting ahead.

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