It is my opinion that cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety refer to the same idea and are used interchangeably. However, each also has their own specific focus. While cyber security focuses on the practice of protecting computers, networks, programs and data from digital attacks through security design, security controls and protection, security awareness and user behaviour; cyber safety aim at enhacing good behaviours of users when interacting and collaborating in an online space and using technologies; cyber awareness emphasize on knowledge and skills of users to avoid potential threats.
As a nursing teacher, these concepts are new to me because I haven’t paid appropriate attention to them so far. I have just used the internet, the apps… to search for information without knowing what are called “cyber security, cyber awareness or cyber safety”. However, I think I must be responsible to introduce my colleagues about them and together we will find the way to integrate these concepts to subjects in the nursing curiculum. My first idea is to teach cyber security, cyber awareness and cyber safety for nursing students in the Informatics subject. When students have basic understanding, we can integrate these concepts to different subjects.
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