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Cyber security strategy 'crucial'

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.

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Lack of skills puts Britain at risk from cyber attack

Britain's ability to protect itself from costly internet attacks is being affected by a lack of skilled workers the National Audit Office (NAO) said.

More skills are needed to protect Britain from a cyber attack the NAO warns Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

According to the NAO, it could take two decades to fill the gap, with the number of IT and cyber security professionals in the UK not increasing in line with growth of the internet.

It is thought the cost of cyber crime to Britain is currently up to £27 billion a year.

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