The National Audit Office (NAO) has warned that it could take ‘up to 20 years to address the skills gap’ between cyber criminals and cyber security professionals.

The report by the spending watchdog stresses that the internet has grown disproportionately to the number of cyber security professionals required to police it.

The UK’s internet economy stands at more than £120bn, but the cost of domestic cyber-crime is believed to be up to £27bn a year.

In a bid to boost the number of university students taking computer science and technology courses, the government has pledged to invest “heavily” in research and education.

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