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Nearly two-thirds of security pros believe UK could defend itself if it left EU

According to a recent survey held by Tripwire Inc, a leading global provider of endpoint protection and response, security and compliance solutions, 64 per cent of information security professionals do not think there would be a change in defence strategy should the United Kingdom vote to leave the EU in June.

The survey, which polled 278 information security professionals attending the Infosecurity Europe 2016 conference, was held to ask questions on the EU referendum. On 23 June 2016, a referendum will decide whether the United Kingdom should leave or remain within the European Union.

If the United Kingdom did decide to leave, it would be able to reconsider national implementation of several EU data privacy and cyber security regulations. When asked if an exit from the EU would alter or affect the ability of the UK to defend itself from cyber attacks, 64 per cent of information security professionals believed there would be no change.

The survey suggests that information security professionals “appear unconcerned with the impact of the referendum on UK cyber security”, according to Neil Harvey, the vice president of EMEA for Tripwire. He believes that professionals “feel that it could be the UK's approach to cyber security won't change significantly … but it's also possible that the EU has not provided enough transparency around the new regulations.”

Dr Adrian Davis, the regional managing director for ISACA, a global IT and cyber security association, agrees: “Cyber threats and attacks transcend national boundaries and politics, and the only way we can defend ourselves is to share information and collaborate. I’m confident that, as a profession, we will continue to help each other regardless of whether our nation is in or out.”

The conference took place 7-9 June 2016, at the Olympia Conference Centre in London.

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