It’s an issue that affects every sector and every profession at every level. Earlier this year, the Federation of Small Businesses claimed that cybercrime was costing UK small and medium enterprises £785m a year, while research from 2012 found that one in 10 SMEs had suffered a data breach.
Increasingly, business and political leaders are recognising security as a prerequisite to further commercial opportunities in a digitally dependent world. In a highly competitive market place, the never-ending reports of security breaches will start to influence consumer and customer choices, driving business to firms who can demonstrate track records of good security practice. On a national scale, economic investment in the UK will increasingly be dependent on how well we can demonstrate a secure infrastructure and supply chain.
Businesses face a tough time of it, however, with a deepening skills shortage, as documented by the National Audit Office report earlier this year.