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Cybersecurity concerns drive digital transformation in UK public sector

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Digital transformation pushed to the top of the priority list for central Government
An estimated 60% of UK central government departments have an IT modernisation strategy in place and even more want to upgrade legacy systems due to security vulnerabilities, according to a new study from BAE Systems Applied Intelligence.

The recent research polled 250 IT managers in UK central governmental organisations to better understand their approach to cybersecurity. It found 75% were upgrading systems because of concerns about the vulnerability of legacy IT.

Public sector IT leaders are right to be concerned. Nearly two-thirds (63%) said they experienced a security incident in the past six months and over half of these (52%) came as a result of missing patches.

The lack of integration between legacy IT and modern security solutions was the top data protection risk highlighted by respondents (53%), although “managing risk” came top in the NHS (55%) and “securing traffic flows” was the number one issue for public administration officials (61%).

“One of the challenges is that security and IT departments too often work in siloes, with the former seen as the “department of no” which is slowing down the pace of digital transformation”, said Lorna Rea, Account Manager, Central Government at BAE Systems. “In order for security not to be seen as a blocker to innovation, a balance must be struck to ensure public sector employees have the tools they need to collaborate and innovate, without driving up cyber risk to unmanageable levels.”

Public sector IT leaders want to start improvements by simplifying security architecture (45%), either by investing in new technologies and/or vendor consolidation. Similar numbers (45%) want to review current cyber risk management strategies to ensure they have the right balance between security and productivity.
 
 
 

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About the research
Sapio Research was commissioned in January 2021 to poll 250 managers with IT responsibility in UK central governmental organisations.

About BAE Systems Applied Intelligence 
At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, we help nations, governments and businesses around the world defend themselves against cyber crime, reduce their risk in the connected world, comply with regulation, and transform their operations. For further information about BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, please visit www.baesystems.com/ai.

For further information, please contact:
For UK:

Nick Haigh, BAE Systems
M: +44 (0) 7525 3909782
E: nick.haigh@baesystems.com

For North America:    
Brad Grantham, BAE Systems 
M: (919) 519-8528
E: brad.grantham2@baesystems.com

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