Google and Microsoft name UK tech sector as “world leader” in cybersecurity

The UK has been named the “world leader” in the race to stamp out major cybersecurity threats.
It comes after tech giants Google and Microsoft, among others, announced the planned investment of around £190 million in new and innovative UK tech start-ups.
Approximately £117 million in private investment and £70 million in public funds will be used to develop “new and secure” technologies capable of defending against cyber-attacks.
It comes after new research revealed that 30 per cent of all UK businesses have experienced a cyber-security breach or attack in the last 12 months, the impact of which can be huge. According to the study, businesses are increasing expenditure on cybersecurity year-on-year – up to 40 per cent of their total IT spend in some cases.
Commenting on the planned investment, Business Secretary Greg Clark said the Government wants to ensure that every UK organisation is as “cyber secure and resilient” as possible.
“As we move to a more data-driven economy, nearly all UK businesses and organisations are reliant on these digital technologies and online services – but the threat of cyber-attacks is ever-present, with more than 30 per cent of businesses having experienced a cyber-security breach or attack in the last 12 months”, he said.
Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Cybersecurity Solutions Group at Microsoft, added: “At Microsoft, we embrace our responsibility to help empower organisations on their digital transformation journey to unlock the security and compliance capabilities of the intelligent cloud and next generation AI.”
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