Cyber teams on the brink of burning out

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UK critical national infrastructure (CNI) organisations must take steps to ensure cyber leaders have the right budget, skills and tech stack to build out and implement an effective cyber security strategy or risk an exodus of skilled cyber security professionals, according to new research from UK cyber security services firm, Bridewell.

The research, which surveyed UK cyber security decision-makers in the communications, utilities, finance, government and transport and aviation sectors, reveals 95% are experiencing factors that would make them likely to leave their role in the next 12 months. Over 4 in 10 (42%) feel a breach is inevitable and do not want to tarnish their career, while 40% say they are experiencing stress and burnout which is impacting their personal life.

The prospect of people leaving jobs is particularly problematic for CNI organisations at a time when the threat of attacks remains high. Over two thirds of UK CNI cyber leaders say that the volume of threats and successful attacks has increased over the past year and 69% say it is harder to detect and respond to threats.

Fears of staff leaving are also compounded by the ongoing skills shortage in the sector with 68% saying it has become harder to recruit the right resources to secure and monitor systems over the past year. Four in ten say they currently don’t have the skills to monitor security threats in the cloud, 31% don’t have the right skills needed to run a modern security operations centre (31%) and 28% believe the don’t have the right skills to secure a remote environment.

Martin Riley, Director of Managed Security Services at Bridewell, comments: “Talent is now the biggest constraint in cyber security and organisations simply cannot afford to lose staff. Security leaders need the right authority, budget and technology stack to build out and implement an effective threat-led cyber security strategy and should lean on external consultants where necessary to plug any gaps quickly and help lighten the load on the team. Companies that can demonstrate they are investing in staff wellbeing, support and development can inspire a real change of heart in those that may be looking to leave.”

A range of factors are contributing to the increased pressure and burnout felt by IT teams, including the growing number of cyber attacks, increased complexity of cyber security compliance, greater interconnectivity of systems, and the constant need to understand new technologies and deliver expanding cyber assurance activities.

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Media contact 

Rebecca Morpeth Spayne, 

Editor, Security Portfolio 

Tel: +44 (0) 1622 823 922

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