Specialists Question Politicians' Concern For Cyber Security

Security professionals lack confidence that political parties will do anything to improve cyber security, according to a survey by security firm Proofpoint.

Some 57 per cent of security professionals polled at Infosecurity Europe a week ahead of the UK General Election said they did not know which political party would improve cyber security the most.

Only 12 per cent voted for the Conservatives, followed by 11 per cent for the Liberal Democrats and 7 per cent for Labour, while the remaining 13 per cent nominated various other parties.

Ken Yearwood, regional director at Proofpoint, said the survey indicated that IT policy is very much an afterthought in the minds of the political parties.

"Security professionals are very critical that there are any concrete policies that will benefit the IT sector," he said.

Any campaign pledges around cyber security are largely unheard of and therefore have not been promoted to the people that matter, said Yearwood.

"This is a huge concern considering the importance for businesses these days to understand the value of security policies, in order to keep data protected and secure," he said.

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