Why a business risk assessment is important for your practice
Cyber security experts Mel Wilson and Dave Holden recently gave an informative presentation to ACTO members as to why a business risk assessment is important for counsellors and therapists.
Mel and Dave emphasised that risk assessment is about making choices based on the level of risk we are comfortable with, and how we are operating our businesses/private practices.
We may need to include safeguarding, data breaches, supporting overseas clients, our infrastructure (data processing/privacy laws) as well as our clients and what type of environment or culture they are working within. The main question to ask ourselves regarding clients is ‘who are we interacting with’ and what do we know about them and their environment.
In assessing risks we are not aiming to eliminate all risks, but to find the risks that we are comfortable with, and those we are not.
Risk assessment can be broken down into three main areas:
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If you are an ACTO member, you can click onto a recording of the webinar on the ACTO website Members Area. During the webinar, Mel and Dave explained how to assess risks in each of these areas (people, processes & technology) together with tips on social media, screen sharing and more.
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