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UK Government Research on Cyber Skills and Cyber Security Breaches

12 Jul 2021

The UK Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is carrying out research looking at cyber skills in the UK labour market and cyber security breaches. The research is being carried out on their behalf by Ipsos MORI. A very small number of Scottish charities may be contacted to take part in the studies.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport told us:

‘Cyber Skills in the UK Labour Market is a random probability survey looking at the UK cyber security labour market, carried out on behalf of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS). The research explores the nature and extent of cyber security skills gaps (people lacking appropriate skills) and skills shortages (a lack of people available to work in cyber security job roles). It is a mixed method study, with approximately 1,500 organisations interviewed (including 200 charities across all regions of the UK) via telephone and online, with a further 20 qualitative interviews with participants that aim to get more depth on topics covered in the survey. Fieldwork takes place from July to September 2021, with the aim to publish findings in Spring 2022.

Cyber Security Breaches Survey is a random probability survey looking at organisations’ cyber security practices and experience of breaches. It is a mixed method study, with 2,250 organisations interviewed (including 450 charities) via telephone, and then a follow-up qualitative element of 30 interviews expanding on topics discussed in the survey. Fieldwork takes place from October until February, with findings published at the end of March 2022.’

 

Previous research reports on Cyber Skills in the UK Labour Market research can be found here and previous reports on Cyber Security Breaches research here.

If you are contacted about the research and wish to know more you can email Olha Homonchuk on the research team olha.homonchuk@ipsos.com.