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Complexity is Cheaper than Simplicity: The Reason Cyber Security is Hard


In most industries simplicity is cheaper than complexity; streamlining processes and shedding excess reduces the cost of doing business. Within the technology sector, there is a trend to accomplish the same goal by doing the opposite. This increased complexity has a negative effect on security

The UK’s digital economy contributes one-eighth to the country’s GDP, a higher proportion than any other G20 nation. According to the government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018, the digital economy is under attack; 43% of UK businesses reported at least one cyber breach in the previous year. 72% of large companies reported a cyber attack in the previous year, with 9% reporting multiple attacks per day. Protecting the UK’s digital economy and electronic infrastructure is

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