New research from the Chartered Institute of Information Security in the United Kingdom (CIISec) shows that overwork and burnout remain major problems for cybersecurity.
A survey of nearly 450 cyber security professionals found that 54 percent of those surveyed either quit their jobs due to overwork or burnout, or worked with someone who resigned for the above reasons.
Lack of resources seems to be a factor in this, as 82% of respondents say security budgets do not keep pace with rising levels of threats. At the same time, breaks or busy periods, when security teams are smaller, can significantly increase the stress and risk for the body. 64 percent of respondents say their companies just hope they don't run into problems when they have fewer employees.
"Unfortunately, the security teams are likely to come under more pressure in 2020, as the outbreak of COVID-19 and its consequences have profound implications for budgets and their capacity to operate operationalSays Amanda Finch, CEO of CIISec. "The industry needs to learn how to do more with less, as the risks will increase. To avoid this, we need the right people with the right skills, giving them the help they need to make the most of capabilities their. This is not just about techniques skills, but also for the human skills that will be needed to give organizations a security-focused culture that can cope with the increasing pressure. "
The top reasons given for staff leaving these jobs are lack of opportunities or development, mismanagement and finally poor pay.
CIISec also examined the differences between men and women working in cybersecurity, finding that Women are paid significantly less on average or have lower wages than men.
"Addressing the lack of diversity in the industry is not just a matter of justice," adds Finch. "It also unlocks the skills and talents of a whole range of people who could collectively revitalize the industry and help reduce the huge pressure accepted by many security teams due to burnout. We must both do our part to attract new blood to a security career, and to ensure that those who are already in these positions they want to stay. Understanding why people stay - and why they leave - is the beginning of building a resilient workforce that can meet future challenges. ”