Information Security Professionals Don’t Think Brexit Will Impact Cyberattack Defenses, Survey Says


The economy might collapse, the U.K. may fracture into its constituent parts, trade with Europe will suffer, the government could fall and public spending will be slashed, but at least the U.K. will still be able to defend itself from cyberattacks in the event of Brexit, at least according to a group of information security professionals surveyed recently.

The U.K. is holding the referendum on June 23 to decide whether to leave the European Union, which could cause the U.K. to reconsider implementation of the recent Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive, among other EU regulations.

Tripwire conducted a survey of 278 information security professionals attending the Infosecurity Europe 2016 conference in London June 7-9. Sixty-four percent of respondents don’t believe that a Brexit would impact the U.K.’s ability to defend itself from a cyberattack, but Tripwire’s vice president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, thinks that it may be because they aren’t aware enough of EU regulations in the first place.

Bloomberg BNA reporting suggests, however, that a Brexit could create problems for U.K.-EU cooperation in combatting terrorism and cybercrime, especially in light of the data access and surveillance provisions in the U.K.’s Investigatory Powers Bill, and the EU’s skepticism towards these types of laws.

The same reporting finds that experts believe that a Brexit wouldn’t have an impact on how U.K. businesses comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation, and U.K.-based multinational companies would still need to abide by the rules.

The only certainly of a Brexit is the complete uncertainly that it will unleash on businesses in the realm of cybersecurity as with the rest of the U.K. and European economies.

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