What Does Brexit Mean For Cybersecurity?

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Following last night’s failed Brexit deal vote, and the instability it has caused, Corin Imai, senior security advisor at DomainTools has given her views on where Britain’s exit from the European Union leaves the cybersecurity industry.

Corin Imai, Senior Security Advisor at DomainTools:

“The UK is likely to face a plethora of cybersecurity challenges once article 50 is triggered. Information sharing across borders is already a tricky subject, and for the UK to leave its current arrangement with the European Union this will become even more difficult, damaging international law enforcement investigations and operations into cybercrime. Furthermore, the already mammoth task of hiring security professionals could be affected, as nobody really knows what shape a post-Brexit immigration policy is liable to take. The UK is taking an enormous step into the unknown, and the cybersecurity industry based there is doing exactly the same.

While it’s of course difficult to make predictions about something which as yet has no clear perimeters or boundaries, the UK’s departure from the EU is likely to leave it significantly weaker on the world stage. This may mean that hostile, anti-Western powers such as Russia, Iran and North Korea may feel more confident to launch more invasive cyberattacks, without fear of international reprisal. However, the UK remains a nation with one of the best connected, funded and staffed intelligence networks on the planet, and would therefore remain in a comparatively strong position to defend itself from cyberattacks.”

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