By Claire West

George Osbourne announced today in his spending review that cyber security spend would be ring-fenced, describing it as 'the new frontier of defence'.

Rob Cotton, CEO at NCC Group says that 'ring-fencing the country's spend on cyber defence is clear evidence that the cyber threat is cemented on the government's agenda. We welcome the fact that it's now seen as a high priority, which is a big positive for consumers, businesses and the security industry. What we need now is a clear and long-term strategy for spending, to ensure that we're investing in skills and security infrastructure that will sustain the country in the years to come.