A skills shortage and “chaotic” handling of personal data breaches are undermining confidence in the government’s ability to protect the UK from cyber attacks, MPs have warned.
The Commons Public Accounts Committee said ministers had taken too long to consolidate the “alphabet soup” of agencies tasked with stopping attacks.
Cyber attacks are ranked among the top four risks to UK national security.
The government said it had acted with “pace and ambition” on the issue.
In November, Chancellor Philip Hammond said that hostile “foreign actors” were developing techniques that threatened the country’s electrical grid and airports.