IT security professionals mostly affected by overwork

Recently a study has shown a rather delicate situation concerning cybersecurity professionals.

Regarding their state of health this time.

This finding is due to the British Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec). According to the Organization, after a few years of observations and research, said that one of the major problems affecting the cybersecurity sector is not technical or technological, but human and health. Indeed, the institute states that it is common for cybersecurity professionals to observe a state of burnout and overwork.

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The recent study by the British Research Institute saw the participation of 450 professionals with safety factors. It was observed that 54% of participants reported leaving their jobs, either because of burnout or overwork. Where they have worked with people who have gone through this.

One of the causes of this general health problem is apparently the resource problem. Because when surveyed, 82% of professionals said that the budgets allocated to their service were not able to meet the real needs. This makes the rate at which computer threats increase becomes difficult to manage. Reducing, for these professionals, their period of vacation and rest, which they must use to continue working. And this is very common in security teams where the staff is quite limited. All of these situations have been likely to increase stress, and in turn, security vulnerabilities. 64% of professionals surveyed explain this problem by the fact that their companies still hope to solve security problems using the minimum of resources possible. 51% agreed that they tend to neglect certain tasks that are considered non-critical or even routine.

"Unfortunately, security teams are unlikely to be under pressure until 2020, as the COVID-19 outbreak and its consequences have profound effects on business budgets and their ability to function," said Amanda Finch, CEO of CIISec. "Unless the industry can learn to do more with less while addressing diversity and burnout issues, the risks will increase and organizations will suffer. To avoid this, we need the right people with the right skills, giving them the help they need to reach their full potential. This applies not only to technical skills, but to the human skills that will be essential to giving organizations a safety-oriented culture that can cope with the growing pressure to come. She adds.

Apart from this, the main reasons cited as the causes of the departure of cybersecurity professionals from companies are in particular the lack of progression or even opportunity, poor wage management and even human resources.

The British Research Institute has not simply limited itself to this. He also looked at the difference between men and women in the it security sector.

The main reasons given for the departure of security guards are the lack of opportunities or progression, unpleasant or poor management and poor remuneration. After this study it was observed that while both sexes are well represented taking into account age and training received, women are still underpaid on average, compared to men, they are less well positioned than this. "Correcting a lack of diversity in the industry is not just about fairness," adds the CEO. "It also opens up the skills and talents of a range of people who could collectively rejuvenate the industry and help reduce the enormous pressure that many security teams face. We must do everything we can to attract new blood to a career in safety, and ensure that those who are already in place want to stay there. Understanding why people join – and why they leave – is the beginning of building a resilient workforce that can meet the challenges ahead. ».

It should also be noted that the full report of the study dominated by the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec) is available on its official website.

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