UK cyber security experts needed now more than ever

The need for British cyber security experts has never been so high, with an unprecedented number of attacks taking place over the last year.

A report compiled by the National Cyber Security Centre and NCA has warned that criminals are launching more online attacks against British businesses than ever before. The agencies said that collaboration between security experts, industry experts and law enforcement was now integral to fighting cyber attacks.

"Despite these very real threats to the nation’s security, I am confident in the UK’s ability to combat the attacks that we face every day," said the NCSC’s chief executive, Ciaran Martin. "The NCSC’s aim is to make the UK an unattractive target to cyber criminals and certain nation states by increasing their risk, and reducing their return on investment."

Launched at the start of the CyberUK summit, the report stressed the need for private and public sectors to work together. The new scheme will hopefully drive greater collaboration between private experts and law enforcement, thus driving business.

Donald Toon, the director of the NCA’s Prosperity Command, added: "Organisations which don’t take cyber security extremely seriously in the next year are risking serious financial and reputational consequences. By increasing collaboration between law enforcement, government and industry we will make sure the UK is a safe place to do business and hostile zone for cyber criminals."

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