Can SecOps teams overcome high staff turnover, stress, skill shortages?
More than half of security professionals say stress levels at work have increased over the past six months, according to research from ThreatConnect.
Security operations (SecOps) teams are being asked to do more with less, resulting in higher stress levels that negatively impact their work and personal lives, ThreatConnect said in its Cybersecurity Under report presentation. Stress recently published.
“Cybersecurity needs rethinking but is far from broken,” wrote Adam Vincent, co-founder and CEO of ThreatConnect. “The industry is well on its way to making security leadership more business-driven, aligned with all parts of an organization,” he said. “One of the biggest challenges facing cybersecurity leaders today is gaining buy-in from businesses about what needs to be done and the specific initiatives that need to be put in place to protect the organization,” Vincent said. “Cybersecurity should not become an investment black hole but rather an integral part of the business.”
The study’s findings are drawn from responses to a cybersecurity retention and employment survey of 503 IT security decision makers in the US and UK. said a Virginia-based risk assessment security specialist.
Here are some findings from the study:
Top 3 Obstacles to Hiring People with Cybersecurity Skills:
- 38%: Find people with the skills and qualifications to do the job.
- 34%: Stress, workload.
- 32%: Long and irregular hours.
On cybersecurity capabilities:
- 80%: Their company is focused on the right things about cybersecurity and understands the most important risks.
- 79%: Their cybersecurity team can consistently demonstrate effectiveness and return on cybersecurity investment.
- 77%: Believe their company has the right security systems in place to defend against complex cybersecurity attacks.
- 74%: Believe their business can cope with the volume and sophistication of cyber threats.
On staff turnover:
- 32% of CIOs and 25% of CIOs could leave their jobs in the next six months.
- 6.85: The average number of employees directly responsible for IT security.
- 20%: On average, over the last 12 months, respondents estimated a staff turnover rate.
- 67%: Staff turnover has increased over the past 12 months.
Top 3 Reasons Employees Leave Current Jobs:
- 32%: Find a better salary elsewhere.
- 27%: high stress levels.
- 27%: Lifestyle changes.
On stress at work:
- 32%: Very stressed by their current job.
- 55%: Stress level has increased over the past six months.
- The most common causes of stress are heavy workloads (32%), long hours (31%), tight deadlines (21%) and an increase in security incidents (18%).