1.8 million computer misuse offences were recorded in the 12 months ending June 2021, according to the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales. The figures are an increase of 85% compared with the year ending in 2019. The growth was attributed to a 161% increase in "Unauthorised access to personal information (including hacking)" offences. The news comes on the back of two reports revealing the UK's cyber skills shortage has grown by more than a third over the last 12 months. Cybersecurity is the most required skill-set in the UK, with a shortfall of 10,000 people each year.
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