There are not enough skilled workers to protect Britain from costly internet attacks the National Audit Office (NAO) said. It is thought the cost of cyber crime to Britain is currently up to £27 billion a year.
The Government has responded to claims that a skills gap in science and technology has led to a 'crucial' need for a strategy to avoid a cyber attack.
A cabinet spokeswoman said that the UK "is on a stronger footing today" than 12 months ago.
We agree that skills are crucial to cyber security which is why we are investing heavily in research and education through establishing new centres for excellence in cyber security research, cyber security skills among the police forces, centres of doctoral training in cyber security and supporting initiatives such as the cyber security challenge which uses innovative approaches to recruiting new talent into the cyber security sector.