Half of UK Firms Suffer Basic Cyber-Skills Gaps

Half of UK Firms Suffer Basic Cyber-Skills Gaps

The number of UK companies with a basic cybersecurity skills gap has dropped from 2018 but still stands at around half of all businesses, according to a new government study.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) report is compiled from analysis of labour market databases, interviews with training providers and quantitative surveys with UK organizations.

Although down from 54% in 2018, 48% of firms still have staff unable to carry out the basic tasks outlined in the government’s Cyber Essentials scheme, such as setting up firewalls, storing data and removing malware, it warned.

The report claimed that 30% of UK businesses also lacked more advanced cyber-skills in areas such as pen testing, forensics and security architecture, while over a quarter were understaffed in terms of incident response (27%).

By Phil Muncaster

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