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Stress Is Forcing More Than 45% of Cybersecurity Workers To Quit The Tech Industry

A new report has shed light on some alarming findings in regards to cybersecurity professionals.

The research by Deep Instinct claims that more than 45% of workers hailing from cybersecurity firms are dropping out of the tech industry like flies. In addition to that, the report that goes by the name Voice of SecOps took some painstaking efforts to examine stress levels.

Interestingly, it was seen how 1000s of professionals from the C-suite and other leading cybersecurity professions were either calling it quits or planned to do so very soon, thanks to the great amount of stress attached to their routines.

Statistics from the research proved how more than 45% of the workers had quit while a staggering 46% of them knew another person that left the field as a whole in the past year, outlining stress as the major determinant for their decision.

One of the leading reasons for stress running at an all-time high had to do with the major lingering threat relating to ransomware. But other common causes were the great expectations that analysts had to always be available to address various concerns or queries relating to their job.

All of these findings shed light on how so many classic approaches were being made in regards to security such as common alerts being generated or a bucketload of monitoring solutions that just might not be very sustainable.

Other than that, common reasons were related to so many leading organizations not being well adapted to handle the rising of malicious ransomware. And in general, that just adds to so many people’s woes and worries in the working environment.

In the end, we see resignations arising in huge numbers with security teams unable to do anything about the situation than simply give up and leave.

The study can’t emphasize enough how negative of a role stress plays in the digital world and how hard it is for some cybersecurity professionals to constantly work in the fear or constant pressure to control such situations.

The impact is not only disastrous but one that warrants immediate attention. And the same goes for various responders in the security industry that are again at the losing end of the spectrum. These people either end up being forced to pay a ransom or suffer the risks of not listening to the demands being made.

And in case they do give in and pay the ransom, they just might end up trusting some intruder that has the capability of decoding the data stolen and using it for illegal purposes.

Remember, very rare, if ever do we see hackers or attackers honoring their own terms outlined and respect the payments that come their way.

On average, the study saw 38% of people of cybersecurity professionals admitting that they had paid some sort of ransom at some point in time of their lives. Meanwhile, around 46% said their data had been exposed by other attackers while 44% claim they just could not get their data back on track.

And let’s not forget the added pressure that comes with cybersecurity workers taking the blame in case things don’t go a certain way during the negotiation or remediation part with hackers.

Remember, the world of today depends on results and when specific targets are not met, the pressure of that failure can really weigh heavily on security experts. After all, they are human and certain attacks do take them by surprise as well.

There’s a pressure to work at least 18 hours in a day and then there’s a time where you just might end up clicking some sort of a link that’s deemed to be malicious or a threat to others. Now if that’s not what you call tough and stressful working conditions then we’re not quite sure what is.

So, what’s the solution that we’re all well aware of the threat. Well, the answer is pretty straightforward and related to preventing such threats from arising.

Yes, it’s easier said than achieved but analysts need to proactively manage various attacks that arise, and identifying vulnerable targets early on is a good idea.

Secondly, enterprises need to take out time and school their employees on the best security practices out there. Lastly, companies need to invest in better technologies that reduce threats and false-positive incidents. Only then can we see the situation improving.
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