The news last from the Parliamentary Accounts Committee is that UK Government’s cyber defences are being harmed by lack of skills, isn’t a problem for the Government alone. Research conducted by IP EXPO at the end of 2016 showed that the private sector was also struggling to keep up with fast moving cyber threats and maintaining the skills base to tackle them effectively.
The research uncovered that 47% of UK IT decision makers were more worried about cyber terrorism attacks now than they were 12 months ago. This was identified as the biggest cyber security risk in the future (27%), followed by attacks to national infrastructure (13%). In addition nine out 10 respondents admitted they were worried about being the victim of a security breach, but were continuing to face resourcing and skills issues. In fact 29% were more worried about having enough resources to keep their business safe from cyber threats than they were 12 months ago.
It seems clear that the Government and the technology industry must work together to address these issues, or potentially face being overwhelmed due to a lack of investment in skills, training and talent.”