Research claims cyber attack vulnerability to rise after UK quits EU

June 28, 2016 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
According to research conducted by Unified Security Management™ and crowd-sourced threat intelligence leader, AlienVault®, over a third of those who work in the IT security industry (38 percent) fear that leaving the EU will make the UK more vulnerable to cyber attacks because they will no longer benefit from intelligence sharing with other EU states.

The research, which surveyed the attitudes of around 300 IT security professionals at the Infosecurity Europe conference, also found that over half of respondents (52 percent) believe that UK organisations will still have to comply with EU legislation in order to trade with Europe.

Furthermore, the vast majority (78 percent) of those surveyed do not believe that their jobs will be made any easier by Britain leaving the EU. In fact, a significant proportion (22 percent) actively support EU legislation around data protection and believe that it benefits them and their work.

Javvad Malik, security advocate at AlienVault, comments, “Rather than offering an escape from the EU’s red tape, most people believe that they will still have to negotiate their way through complex legislation such as GDPR when Britain leaves the EU. But what’s more, a significant proportion of those surveyed believe that being part of the EU actually benefits them and their work. This is especially true of the industry’s attitudes towards intelligence sharing between EU states. Cyber attackers pay no attention to geographical boundaries, transcending borders and jurisdictions to maximize malicious effect. The truth is that we can provide a stronger and more robust defense against emerging threats by working together and sharing information.”