Barclays’ Digital Development Index, a survey that seeks to analyse how well placed the UK is for the digital economy, found that UK workers rank particularly poor when it comes to protecting their data and devices. The UK came second last in a survey of 10 countries on cyber security, with only South Korea reporting a worse score. India came first, followed by Brazil and South Africa in joint-second place.
The findings are sure to generate concern at a time when cyber security is important for businesses, with 87% of FTSE 100 companies identifying cyber security as a principal risk. Chris Dye, vice president at cyber security company Glasswall Solutions, said: “Productivity and convenience are put above security”.
The Index is comprised of two, equally-weighted components: an “Individual Empowerment Index” and a “Digital Empowerment Index”. The Individual Empowerment Index is based on a self-assessment of digital skills from a survey of 1,000 working adults in each market. The ability to protect one’s data and device falls in this index. The Digital Empowerment Index “evaluates the policies that guide the development of a digitally empowered workforce”, with examples cited in Barclays’ report including “getting the infrastructure basics right” and “ensuring that the right training programmes are in place”.
Whilst the UK came ninth out of 10 when it came to cyber security, it came fourth overall in the Digital Development Index. A full breakdown of the Index can be seen in the chart in this blog post.
You can read the report from Barclays here.
You can also test your knowledge of cyber security with this test created by the U.S.-based “fact tank” Pew Research Center here.