Cybersecurity job fatigue

Cybersecurity job fatigue affects many security professionals

Cybersecurity professionals claim higher stress & burnout rates in the job.

Cybersecurity job fatigue affects many cyber security & information security professionals who face numerous occupational hazards such as long hours, high stress levels, and career frustration that can lead to wellbeing & mental health issues.

The cybersecurity skills shortage is increasing which is having a negative effect on information security professionals and their organizations, in turn driving increased pressure from senior leadership onto cyber security teams & individuals.

This skills shortage has multiple implications. Organizations don’t have the right sized teams and operate in a perpetually understaffed mode. Often, the cybersecurity team lacks some advanced skills in areas like security analytics, forensic investigations, or cloud computing security, putting more pressure on the most experienced staffers to pick up the slack.

Clearly the cybersecurity skills shortage is affecting organizations, but what’s often overlooked is the impact it has on the cybersecurity pros in the trenches. For example, the ESG/ISSA research indicates :

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70 percent of cybersecurity professionals say the cybersecurity skills shortage has had some impact on their stress levels, organization and overall wellbeing.

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63 percent of cybersecurity professionals say the cybersecurity skills shortage has increased the workload on existing staff. More work and stress at the same salary is a surefire recipe for dissatisfied employees and high attrition.

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41 percent of cybersecurity professionals say the cybersecurity skills shortage has led to a situation where staff spend a disproportional amount of time dealing with high-priority issues and incident response. This means that many cybersecurity professionals face a high-stress workplace from the beginning to the end of their workdays.

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68 percent of cybersecurity professionals believe that a cybersecurity career can be taxing on the balance between one’s personal and professional life. In other words, cyber security professionals are taking the pressure of their jobs home with them. 

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38 percent of cybersecurity professionals say the cybersecurity skills shortage has led to high burnout rates and staff attrition. This affects cybersecurity pros and the organizations they work for.

Cybersecurity job fatigue is real

Cybersecurity job fatigue & burnout is a real, growing, and troubling problem, exacerbated by the global cybersecurity skills shortage and the increasingly dangerous threat landscape. To address this, CISOs must assess the state of mind of key staff members, create work schedules to rotate personnel off the front lines, and provide the right levels of support, stress relief programs, and career counselling.

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