Just under half (48 per cent) of UK firms are still lacking employees with basic cyber security skills, according to a new government study.
Info Security Magazine shared the findings from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), which found that although there has been a reduction in the number of firms reporting this skills gap from 54 per cent in 2018, there is still a sizable number of businesses that aren’t equipped to deal with cyber security issues.
The basic cyber security tasks that are measured are those outlined in the government’s Cyber Essentials scheme. They include things like setting up a firewall, removing malware and storing data.
The research also found that just over one-quarter (27 per cent) of businesses that suffered from an incident were understaffed when it came to responding to a cyber attack.
However, the DCMS research found that more businesses carried out an assessment of their training requirements in 2019 than the year before.
If you’ve assessed your team’s cyber skills and found that you’re missing some expertise, you can always contact our IT experts in Doncaster to get some support for your IT team.
We also recently released our handy cyber security checklist, showing you the simple steps your business can take today to protect itself from cyber attacks. It includes making sure you carry out regular assessments of security measures and ensuring that you carry out regular training with your team.
It’s also important to think about all the devices that could be affected or used as a gateway to your wider network. Don’t forget to protect your employees’ mobile phones, tablets and other portable devices.