Campaigners called for a shake-up of the Computer Misuse Act, warning it was hampering the fight against cyber attacks while costing billions of pounds and thousands of jobs
Cyber experts bidding to bolster Britain’s web protections are being hampered by outdated laws, campaigners warned today.
They feared the UK was “bleeding cyber expertise”, with thousands of professionals quitting the country to work elsewhere. The CyberUp Campaign urged the Government to “recognise the risk of inaction” and accelerate an overhaul of legislation.
Scores of experts took part in a survey investigating how the 1990 Computer Misuse Act was affecting their attempts to help protect the country against rising cyber attacks. Three out of five believed the legislation “acts as a barrier to their work across areas of threat intelligence and security vulnerability research”, said the campaign. Four out of five claimed the Act put the UK at a competitive disadvantage compared with other countries.