A survey, conducted by KPMG on behalf of the government, found that 68 percent of board members at the UK’s 350 biggest companies have received no training to deal with cyber incidents.
This is despite the fact that more than half thought cyber attacks were a top risk for their business.
The government’s minister for digital, Matt Hancock, said: “These new reports show we have a long way to go until all our organisations are adopting best practice and I urge all senior executives to work with the National Cyber Security Centre and take up the government’s advice and training.”
The government did see a silver lining in the report – 53 percent of businesses are claiming they are putting cybersecurity measures in place, up from 33 percent last year.
The government also highlighted the encouraging response to survey questions regarding General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), with 97 percent of respondents saying they are aware of the impending legislation.
However, just 13 percent said GDPR was a regular topic of conversation in board meetings, with only six percent claiming to be fully prepared for the May 2018 implementation date.