38% of IT pros say leaving the EU will make the UK more susceptible to cyber attacks

A third of IT professionals believe that the lack of intelligence sharing between the UK and other EU states will leave the UK more vulnerable to cyber threats.

Javaad Malik, Security Advocate at AlienVault, released his findings after researching the effect that the UK leaving the EU would have on the nation’s cyber security.

The report, released several weeks before the EU referendum took place, raised several interesting points:

  • 22% of respondents actively support EU legislation around data protection and believe that it benefits them and their work.
  • 25% worry that the corporate data held by their organisations would be less secure in the event of a ‘Brexit’.
  • 17% believed that the UK would become a safer place in the event of an exit from the EU because it would no longer be associated with European policies.

Now that the British public has voted to leave the EU, it’ll be interesting to see how data security changes – although the UK will remain in the EU for the next couple of years.

Continued spending

Despite the vote to leave the EU, organisations should continue to spend on their cyber security efforts and not the opposite.

Organisations must understand that, to combat the threat, they need appropriately qualified professionals as much as ever before. Given the existing cyber security skills crisis, and how the referendum could affect our ability to attract overseas talent, it might prove more important than ever for security professionals to gain industry qualifications and experience.

To learn more about the qualification options professionals have, I recommend viewing our interactive learning path.

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  1. Geoff Okao 29th June 2016
  2. Luke 29th June 2016
    • Jon Lacey 30th June 2016