UK businesses are pants when it comes to cyber security -

The UK approach to cyber security is so rubbish that even the Americans beat us, according to a new survey from BT. BT doesn't have a great track record on security, it must be noted.

The research was carried out by Vanson Bournem but commissioned by BT shows that Brits stick their hands in their ears and shout la la la when security is mentioned, despite recent government initiatives to boost awareness of the need for cyber security.

Only 17 percent of UK IT decision makers said cyber security was a major priority for their organisation, compared with 41 percent in the US.

Brazil, where 52 percent of respondents reported that their organisation is treating cyber attacks as a major threat is the best.

UK companies also spend less per year on training decision makers and increasing awareness around cyber risk and most of the time get turned over by their own employees.

Organised crime is seen as a cyber-threat by 53 percent of those who responded to the survey, while 45 percent fear cyber espionage from governments and nation states. Thirty-nine percent perceived cyber terrorism to be a risk to their organisation. Some 65 percent of respondents worldwide reported that non-malicious insider threats such as accidental loss of data were the biggest cyber threat.

Mark Hughes, CEO of BT Security (sic),  said that the research provides a fascinating insight into the changing threat landscape and the challenge this poses for organisations globally.

"The massive expansion of employee-owned devices, cloud computing and extranets, have multiplied the risk of abuse and attack, leaving organisations exposed to myriad internal and external threats – malicious and accidental."