The Cyber Sector
SECTOR SPONSOR: QINETIQ
With cybercrime on the rise, it's vital that the UK develops the skills and knowledge to counter this threat
From communicating via email and instant messaging to travel, banking and shopping, nearly every aspect of our personal lives revolves around the cyber world.
Add to this the ever-growing 'internet of things', critical infrastructure such as power and water, and the challenges of delivering government services online, and it's clear that society is critically dependent on the internet. The UK's security and prosperity rests on digital foundations, but as with any high-value system, there are those who seek to exploit weaknesses and launch attacks.
The growth of cybercrime
Cybercrime increased by 20% between 2014 and 2016, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). It's perhaps not surprising that cyber criminals are such a threat. In July 2016 alone Britons spent an estimated £10.7billion shopping online, and one eighth of the UK's gross domestic product (GDP) comes from the digital economy.