Brexit could impact the UK’s ability to deter cyber attacks, experts warn

Even though the UK's upcoming Data Protection law will be similar to and as potent as the European GDPR, experts believe that a lot of work needs to be done to ensure the UK will continue to enjoy similar benefits and protections post-Brexit as hitherto.

The UK's ability to defend against cyber attacks in the future and to strengthen data security will be reliant on how it will cooperate with European agencies and data security authorities post-Brexit, academic group The UK In A Changing Europe has warned.

In a paper titled 'A Successful Brexit: Three Foreign and Security Policy Tests', the group said that Brexit will be deemed to have a positive impact on security if it allows the UK to continue to shape European cyber security standards while gaining more room for manoeuvre in its own practices.