1 Substantive Law

Directors' Duties and Liabilities When Faced With Cyber Risks

Raelene Webb KC
Raelene Webb KC
Barrister Murray Chambers
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Although the law relating to directors' duties and responsibilities is well understood, its application in the context of a rapidly escalating cyber risk landscape is not. This course explores the impact of cyber threat on businesses and the legal responsibilities of directors in this context.

 As organisations become increasingly dependent on IT infrastructure and digital information, cyber crime has fast become the greatest threat to every company in the world. Cyber security incidents often take significant time and resources to fix, cause significant reputational damage, and potentially expose organisations to legal action from regulatory bodies and those affected by any data breach.

As a result, cyber security is now a critical issue to the survival of most organisations, requiring the strategic oversight of the board. This has implications for directors who must exercise appropriate governance and oversight of cyber security. 

This course explores a number of topics, including:

  • the prevalence and impact of cyber attacks and breaches on businesses;
  • the application of specific director’s duties in the context of cyber threat, and potential consequences of breaching these duties;
  • recent US litigation relating to cyber attacks and breaches, and its implications for Australian corporations and directors;
  • the broader implications of the mandatory data breach notification regime for directors and corporations.

Last Updated: February 2024

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Raelene Webb KC
Raelene Webb KC
Barrister Murray Chambers

Raelene Webb KC has a national practice specialising in appellate advocacy, native title, mining law, administrative and constitutional law as well as taxation law.

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  1. 5.0/5
    Delightful to be able to learn more on cyber.
    The course was easy to follow and incited my interest to learn more.
  2. 5.0/5
    Interesting outline of the developing law as to cyber security
    The course provided interesting information and concerning statistics regarding cyber crime.
  3. 5.0/5
    Very interesting
    Easy to follow and very instructive.
  4. 4.0/5
    Good coverage of the issues
    Pushes us to expect these threats and worry about them in advance.
  5. 5.0/5
    Food for thought re cyber crime and Director's Duties
    Food for thought re cyber crime and Director's Duties.
  6. 5.0/5
    Very valid and current.
  7. 5.0/5
    Great course
    Easy to follow. The review questions at the end of each section help solidify key takeaways.
  8. 4.0/5
    Very useful
    Good introduction to directors' duties in this area.
  9. 5.0/5
    Great course
    The course was concise, easy to follow and had great examples.
  10. 5.0/5
    Excellent course.
    Great coverage of directors' duties and liabilities regarding cyber risks.