Four in five UK cyber security professionals are worried about breaking the law due to confusion caused by the ageing Computer Misuse Act (CMA).
The 30-year-old legislation is restricting pen-testers and white hat hackers with strict and often out-dated definitions, according to a survey commissioned by teckUK and the CyberUp Campaign.
The survey, which was circulated between 46 respondents representing 11 organisations and some 25,120 employees, found that the legislation was stifling security teams in the UK, with 80% of respondents saying they have been worried about breaking the law when researching vulnerabilities or investigating cyber threat actors.
Around 40% of those surveyed said the CMA has acted as a barrier to them or their colleagues and had even prevented employees from proactively safeguarding against security breaches. Furthermore, 91% of businesses believed that the law puts UK consultancies at a competitive disadvantage with other countries.
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