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New security awareness course now available

Published 11 June 2020

It’s more important than ever for healthcare workers to know how to recognise and manage cyber security risks. The Agency’s new eLearning course will show you how.

Social distancing requirements introduced in response to COVID-19 have resulted in an increased use of digital solutions to deliver healthcare. At the same time, malicious attackers have launched new attacks, many of which are related to COVID-19.

To support people who work in healthcare to increase their security awareness, the Agency has developed a free Digital Health Security Awareness eLearning course, available through the Agency’s learning portal.

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The eLearning course is designed for people who work in a variety of healthcare settings and roles. It includes examples that relate cyber security concepts to people’s work in healthcare organisations.

The course has been developed by the Agency’s cyber security team, in consultation with representatives from a range of healthcare settings and disciplines, including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, practice management and allied health. The course includes five modules:

  1. Introduction to security awareness
  2. Think before you click
  3. Passwords
  4. Network and device security
  5. Respond. Report. Protect Privacy.

After completing the course, learners will be able to:

  • Describe common cyber security risks and recognise that they are continually evolving
  • Adopt positive security behaviours to protect sensitive information
  • Identify ways to reduce the likelihood of being impacted by cyber security threats
  • Outline what to do in the case of a cyber security incident
  • Identify key legislation and data breach reporting requirements

You can access the eLearning course here.

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