A REPORT has warned that the UK government is holding back the country's ability to hold its own in a cyber attack. Read More ..
The report from the Defence Select Committee worries that institutions like the army will be left standing in their virtual underwear if they are attacked because of the government's slow pace and lack of effort.
This, it warns, is in the face of a threat that "has the capacity to evolve with almost unimaginable speed and with serious consequences for the nation's security".
"There is a consensus that cyberspace is a complex and rapidly changing environment. It was therefore important for us to consider the implications for UK defence and security. It is our view that cyber security is a sufficiently urgent, significant and complex activity to warrant increased ministerial attention," said the chair of the committee, James Arbuthnot MP.
"The government needs to put in place - as it has not yet done - mechanisms, people, education, skills, thinking and policies which take into account both the opportunities and the vulnerabilities which cyberspace presents."