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Security researchers have warned of “increasing and unsustainable stress levels” in the cybersecurity workforce resulting from persistent ransomware threats and looming, large-scale attacks, which are pushing security professionals towards abandoning the industry altogether.
A report by cybersecurity company Deep Instinct found that 46% of senior and executive-level cybersecurity professionals have considered quitting the industry due to stress.
This is being driven by an “unrelenting threat from ransomware”, researchers found, as well as supply chain attacks on a scale similar to the 2020 SolarWinds hack and 2021’s Kaseya ransomware incident, both of which had far-reaching and long-lasting consequences for organizations impacted.
The burden of preventing such attacks weighs heavily on those tasked with keeping networks and wider organizational systems secure, Deep Instinct found. More than 90% of cybersecurity professionals are stressed in their roles, with a “significant proportion” of professionals conceding that this is negatively impacting their ability to do their jobs.
Those in leadership positions are likely to be feeling pressures of the industry more acutely, the report found: one in three C-Suite executives – including CISOs, CTOs, ITOs and IT strategy