An integral approach to cyber security and safety is necessary to guarantee business continuity. Cyber security and safety are of equal importance. But, having cyber risks automatically means a company can’t guarantee safety. These risks don’t pose any new dangers to safety, but they can disable critical safety controls and lead to hazardous situations. Not taking into account the possible environmental- and reputation damage.
An integral approach to safety and cybersecurity does have some challenges on an organizational level. For example: It isn’t possible to combine cyber security and safety in the same Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (RVA). In safety the challenge is to avoid any incidents. In cyber security the challenge is not to only avoid any incidents, but to also stay in control after one has occurred.