A lack of skilled workers is hampering the UK‘s fight against cybercrime, the National Audit Office (NAO) has warned.
The spending watchdog had heard from experts who believe it could take “up to 20 years to address the skills gap”, it said in a report. But progress has been made in tackling cyber fraud, with more police resources and prosecutions aimed at catching cyber criminals, the NAO added.
The government said it was “investing heavily” in research and education. The number of IT and cyber security professionals in the UK has not increased in line with the growth of the internet, the watchdog said.
Labour said the report highlighted the lack of support for “the next generation of British cybersecurity experts.”