Bad news: The cybersecurity skills crisis is about to get even worse

Nearly a third of the cybersecurity workforce is planning to leave the industry in the near future, new research suggests, leaving organizations in a troubling position as the threat landscape evolves “at an alarming rate”.

Cybersecurity firm Trellix commissioned a survey of 1,000 cybersecurity professionals globally and found that 30% are planning to change professions within two or more years. Organizations are already facing cybersecurity skills shortages, with not enough people having the skills and qualifications required to keep IT systems secure from breaches and other security threats.

Adding more fuel to the issue, organizations face a growing threat from cyber-criminals and nation-state hackers, whose attacks are growing “in volume and sophistication”.

Trellix’s survey found that 85% of organizations report that a workforce shortage is impacting their ability to secure their IT systems and networks.

As for cybersecurity professionals themselves, those who plan on leaving the profession are doing so because they feel underappreciated and unable to grow in their roles. A lack of clear career path (35%), a lack of social recognition (31%) and limited support to develop their skills (25%) were cited as the top three frustrations pushing security workers to quit. Other reasons spurring a move

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