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An industry group representing the UK's broadband providers has called on the government to do more to protect the nation's cyber security by streamlining complex regulations and setting up clear standards.

A survey by the Internet Service Providers' Association (ISPA) found 94 per cent of its members expect to increase their investment in security measures over the next three years in response to the growing number of threats.

Nearly nine out of ten respondents (88 per cent) reported that they are regularly subjected to cyber attacks, with 44 per cent experiencing attempts on a daily basis. It is often end-users who will be the ultimate targets, with 69 per cent of cyber attacks aimed at respondents’ customers as opposed to their own networks. 

However, broadband providers expressed concerns that the government's current strategy for dealing with this is overly complex, with many incidents requiring them to report to multiple regulators and duplicate their efforts.

Therefore, the industry has urged the government to simplify its approach, as well as set out clear guidelines and processes in order to protect citizens when they go online.

ISPA Chair Andrew Glover said: "In order to ensure the UK has an effective cyber security regime, the government should streamline the number of organisations involved in the cyber security landscape to minimise confusion. 

"This needs to be underpinned by clear minimum standards on cyber security, set by government, and improved online cybercrime reporting processes."  

He added that the survey highlights how internet providers are working hard to be a first line of defence for consumers, with all respondents saying that ISPs should play a proactive role in cyber security, and 78 per cent stating they already offer dedicated cyber security services to their customers.

The study comes shortly after the UK's National Cyber Security Centre revealed it has blocked more than 1,100 cyber attacks in the past two years, amounting to around ten incidents every week.

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