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Is There a Lack of Cyber Security Training for UK Directors?

In the latest government cyber governance health check, it was found that more than two-thirds of companies believe that their directors have no training to deal with cyber attacks.

One in 10 businesses (out of 105) said that they have no plan to cope with hacking attacks. The reports also said that, despite cyber attacks being considered as a top business risk, less than a third of boards receive cyber risk training.

Digital minister Matt Hancock said that recent cyber attacks have shown the devastating effects of not having the right approach to cyber security:

"These new reports show we have a long way to go until all our organisations are adopting best practice and I urge all senior executives to work with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and take up the government's advice and training."

However, despite these concerning reports, the latest annual health check also revealed that there has been progress since last year. 53% of FTSE 350 boards are now setting up an approach to cyber risk, and 57% (up from 49%) of businesses have a good understanding of the impact of cyber attacks.

Head of cyber security, privacy and resilience at EY in the UK and Ireland, Stuart Whitehead, said that it's positive that cyber security is becoming a priority among larger companies:

"But there is still some way to go to best prepare organisations for a potential breach. With the current backdrop, the cyber agenda is evolving into a conversation about organisations' resilience to cyber attacks. This is not only how organisations protect themselves but how they respond to an incident, recover business processes and limit the impacts to revenue and reputation."

In a statement, the UK government said that it is fully committed to defending against cyber threats. In fact, £1.9bn of investment went straight into a five-year national cyber security strategy, which will provide free online courses and training to help businesses better protect themselves.

Alex Dewdney, NCSC Director for engagement, said that everyone has a part to play in cyber defense:

"That's why we're committed to providing organisations with expert advice through our website and direct engagement. We also urge organisations to follow the guidance in the government's Cyber Essentials Scheme."

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Source: Computer Weekly


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