Nearly half of UK organisations (47 percent) feel they have insufficient skills in-house to deal with the current cyber-threat landscape.
Research from the recent Databarracks 2016 Data Health Check revealed that 66 percent of IT decision makers in the UK had been affected by a cyber-threat in the past 12 months. Only 53 percent of organisations feel they have sufficient cyber-security skills in their team to deal with attacks of this type.
Over 350 ITDMs in the UK were surveyed for the research. The results support findings from the British government, which last year added cyber-security to the UK skills shortage register.
With two-thirds (66 percent) of respondents having been affected by a cyber-threat in the past 12 months, 59 percent have invested in safeguards to protect against cyber-threats.
Oscar Arean, technical operations manager at Databarracks said, “I was not surprised to see the number of organisations with concerns about internal cyber-security skills, especially in light of the government's findings from last year. The threat of a cyber-attack should be a major concern for all, but there are steps organisations can take to better equip themselves to deal with threats, and we're already beginning to see that shift.
“Ongoing cyber-awareness training, cyber-threat monitoring software, and official cyber-security policies were the most common investments in cyber-security organisations made in the last year. Considering confidence in in-house skills is so low, it's likely we'll see an increase in adoption of security frameworks in the coming years.”