UK parliament members have warned that the confidence in the country’s ability to deal with cyber attacks is being dampened by its “chaotic” approach in handling personal data breaches, Computer Business Review reports. A shortage of cyber skills is also undermining confidence, MPs said in a report.
In the report published on Friday, the cross-party Public Accounts Committee (PAC) urged ministers to urgently address the shortage. According to the PAC, the processes of the government departments to record departmental personal data breaches are inconsistent and dysfunctional. Low-level breaches have also been poorly recorded.
The MPs added that the poor recording processes undermine the confidence in the ability of the Cabinet Office to protect the nation from higher-threat cyber attacks.
PAC Chair and MP Meg Hillier said: “Government has a vital role to play in cyber security across society but it needs to raise its game.
Demand for a detailed plan
The Committee calls for the Cabinet Office to develop a detailed plan for the new National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) by the end of the current financial year.
Cyber attacks on Tesco, Sage, and TalkTalk have recently highlighted the challenges in fighting data breaches.
PAC added: “The use of the internet for cyber crime is evolving fast and the government faces a real struggle to find enough public sector employees with the skills to match the pace of change.”