Government needs to provide more support around cyber security issues in 2019, according to the majority of UK IT leaders polled.

UK businesses are looking for greater support from the government in the battle against cyber crime, a survey of more than 500 UK senior IT professionals by Atomik Research has revealed.

Nearly seven in 10 (68%) of IT bosses say their business has suffered at least one cyber attack in the past year, and almost a third (31%) also said the government does not offer businesses enough guidance or support on cyber security.

More cyber security attention needed

The study also revealed that one in five (19%) of the UK businesses surveyed had no plan in place to deal with a cyber attack, and that 65% of IT teams believe their senior management needs to pay more attention to cyber security in 2019.

Two-thirds (67%) of the respondents who said their organisation had been attacked in the past year stated that this had resulted in a financial loss, while 37% said it had resulted in a loss of customers and nearly half (43%) said their organisation had suffered damage to reputation.

He highlighted that the government’s latest annual Cyber Security Breaches Survey had also revealed that more needs to be done. It flagged that only 30% of UK businesses have a board member with responsibility for cyber security and a small 10% require their suppliers to adhere to any cyber standards.

Government must provide more support

Ray Rothrock, CEO of RedSeal, said: “The number of high-profile breaches has meant that 2018 has become the year where businesses are left wondering what more they can do to protect themselves, how to remain resilient, to keep operating and minimise customer damage.

“Our research highlights the fact that senior IT bosses want the UK government to direct more attention, money and resource to supporting their businesses in the face of cyber attacks.”

Mark Sayers, deputy director for the National Cyber Security Strategy at the Cabinet Office, said the focus of the government’s efforts in the next six months would be to address the cyber security skills gap, the government’s cyber security science and technology strategy, and the ambition to make all products and services secure by design.

Source: ComputerWeekly