Cybersecurity experts ‘charge £10,000 a day to protect UK’s top firms’

December 8, 2015

Britain’s top cybersecurity experts are billing major companies more than £10,000 a day to protect vulnerable IT systems from sophisticated hackers, according to recruiter Manpower.

Less experienced experts can still charge more than £3,000 a day to tackle the escalating threat to sensitive digital information.

The pay bonanza follows high-profile recent attacks on Sony, TalkTalk and JD Wetherspoon, in which personal and financial information was stolen.

Manpower’s survey found that the hourly rates charged by IT security experts were likely to continue rising next year as boardrooms scrambled to find expert advice from a limited pool of advisers.

Manpower said its own client database showed requests from employers looking for IT security expertise had quadrupled in 2015 compared with the previous year.

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