Digital Risk Assessment

Consider digital safety.

As a freelance journalist, protecting yourself is no longer just about physical safety. You need to consider your digital safety too – and plan accordingly. One of the ways you can do this is through completing a digital risk assessment.

Our digital risk assessment is an exercise that will guide you through the questions you should be asking yourself before you undertake an assignment. It can help you identify and assess the threats and risks to you and your colleagues and can help you minimise any dangers.

Digital risk assessment

The Rory Peck Trust encourages all freelancers to undertake a risk assessment before beginning any assignment. A digital risk assessment can be just as important, helping you to identify – and assess – any potential digital security threats to you or your contacts.

As you work through the Rory Peck Trust digital risk assessment, you will find links to relevant pages within our Digital Security Guide. These will give you further information on how you can mitigate different digital risks and reduce your exposure to potential threats.


Digital security is only one section of an assignment or project safety plan and should be considered as just one part of your overall safety preparations. The Rory Peck Trust’s Safety and Security Resources can help you with other areas of your safety preparation, such as physical safety.

Useful downloads

Digital Risk Assessment Template