Report: 54% of security professionals want to quit their job


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Ninety percent of security professionals who have faced labor shortages struggle with workload management. A new report from Cobalt finds that labor shortages, burnout and The Great Resignation pose serious risks to companies trying to protect themselves from constant cybersecurity threats.

Teams have struggled to resolve and prevent the same cybersecurity vulnerabilities for five years in a row. To proactively address these vulnerabilities, both security and development teams need access to more resources, especially manpower, but these resources can be difficult to obtain amid a talent shortage.

Seventy-nine percent of security teams struggle to consistently check for vulnerabilities amid labor shortages. This is a big deal because, when bandwidth is under pressure, tasks slip through the cracks, exposing digital assets to malicious actors to misuse.

While security teams seek help from developers, development teams are equally dealing with the consequences of the labor shortage. Eighty percent say these challenges compromise the quality and security of developers’ code.

To make matters worse, 97% of developer developers say collaboration challenges with security teams make it harder to meet critical feature launch deadlines. A vicious circle ensues: recovery is delayed, new code comes out with more bugs that compound the problem, and overworked teams have more to deal with.

Plagued by limited resources and mounting pressures, security teams will inevitably experience burnout. Fifty-eight percent of security respondents said they are currently dealing with it, while 63% said their mental health has been affected and 64% even said work stress has affected their physical health. A shocking reality: 54% of Cobalt security respondents said they currently want to quit their jobs.

Cobalt collected data from more than 2,000 pen tests conducted in 2021 and interviewed 600+ security and developer practices to reveal the biggest challenges the talent shortage poses to the cybersecurity community today, and how we can potentially address them.

Read the full report from Cobalt.

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