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Jarno Limnell Safety


 

Today, safety is also about knowledge and the ability to act. How safe do you feel?

This time, we interviewed Jarno Limnéll on the topic of psychological resilience and safety, most of which comprises images and emotions.  With this article, we publish three current and touching video interviews. Jarno Limnéll is one of the leading cybersecurity experts in Finland. He is a Professor of Cybersecurity at Aalto University, Adjunct Professor for Cyber Security at Tampere University of Technology and Adjunct Professor for Security at University of Jyväskylä. Jarno Limnéll is also Vice President, Cyber Security and Business Development at Insta Group Oy. He is a Doctor of Military Science, Master of Social Sciences and a trained officer.

Data theft, ransomware, terrorism… Digital and physical threats reduce the feeling of safety. Security risks make you think especially when you travel farther away. Is the discussion about safety just hysteria provoked by the media and focusing on improbable risks or is it something you should really stop and think about? 

“Personal safety in a virtual or physical environment is, first of all, a matter of attitude. Today, taking action requires effort by everyone. Your own attitude is key. This means mapping out security information and adopting practices that contribute to safety”, explains Jarno Limnéll.

“Personal safety in a virtual or physical environment is, first of all, a matter of attitude”, explains Jarno Limnéll.

Keeping common sense with you

You cannot feel safe without trusting that you can manage in surprising situations, Limnéll says. Safety is something that business travellers should especially focus on.

Terrorism is an extreme example of a safety threat that could be considered quite improbable. On the other hand, traffic accidents, theft, ransomware and falling ill are much more common travel risks. You can improve your own safety considerably and prepare for surprising situations with small and simple things. You can find Limnéll’s tips in the adjacent subarticle.

A conscious company culture contributes to safety

Jarno Limnéll emphasises companies’ responsibility in building a conscious and safe working culture. “It happens way too often that you hear people talking loudly about their work on the phone in public places. On airplanes, it is common to use your work laptop without a privacy filter that hides your screen from prying eyes. You should also never leave your work devices, such as your laptop or phone, unattended in your hotel room.”

When employees need to travel for business, Limnéll recommends that the employee reminds them of the basics:

  • How safe is the destination at the moment?
    Encourage your employer to look into the safety of the destination and to follow the news during the trip. Good sources of information include the Foreign Ministry’s website and the news outlets and local contacts at the destination. Information improves your sense of safety and the ability to function in case of emergencies.
     
  • Working abroad
    Teach your employees the proper ways to work while travelling. Can they travel with the laptop full of the company’s trade secrets or should they pack a different computer that does not contain such data? What types of network connections are allowed: can they connect to any open Wi-Fi or only use secure connections?
     
  • What to do in case of something unexpected?
    Give instructions for unforeseen events. Employees should have access to a service that is available 24/7 throughout their trip. The sense of safety is stronger if you feel you are not alone in the world.*

 

Always have a Plan B

Finally, Limnéll recommends everyone to strengthen their ability to handle unexpected situations. Making and testing backup plans is a great way to support this mental training. Do you have concrete measures in place for a stolen phone or a cancelled flight? Would you freeze or calmly switch over to Plan B? This mental exercise crystallises the attitude that, according to Limnéll, enables safety: always have a Plan B.

SMT is committed to combatting loneliness

Everyone feels lonely sometimes – even those who travel for work. A sense of community and taking others into consideration are part of SMT’s service philosophy. We, therefore, would like to share some tips for avoiding fatigue at work and during travel – for an easier and more comfortable living that also provides inspiration during everyday life. We aim at becoming the best service company in Finland. We are creating a series of articles on loneliness. *) When you are on the road and need assistance in surprising situations, SMT’s 24 hour service is there to help. You are never alone in the world.