Two in five IT security managers plan to quit their jobs
According to new research from ThreatConnect, two in five (41%) IT security managers in the UK plan to leave their jobs in the next six months, mainly due to increasing levels of stress.
The researchers said the findings highlight the scale of the so-called “great quit” affecting the cybersecurity industry, exacerbating the skills shortage in the sector.
The survey of 503 senior managers responsible for technology decisions in their organization or for IT security revealed an average security staff turnover rate of 20% in the UK. About three-quarters (74%) of respondents said this rate had increased over the past year. To add to the problem, just under a third (31%) said they had difficulty recruiting people with the skills and talents required for cybersecurity.
In a particularly concerning finding, less than a quarter (23%) of security leaders surveyed would recommend a career in cybersecurity, while two in five (42%) said they are unlikely to do so. .
Stress and workload seemed to be the main causes of these problems. More than a third (37%) of all respondents said they felt very stressed at work, and more than half (53%) experienced increased stress levels in the past six months. Respondents revealed that long hours and heavy workloads were manifested by headaches (44%), decreased work performance (43%), and sleep disturbances and fatigue (37 %).
The main reasons cited by all respondents for leaving their job were lack of opportunities to work from home (31%), high stress levels (26%) and the lure of better pay elsewhere (25%) . For security managers in particular, excessive workload was the most frequently cited factor (31%).
Another worrying finding is that around a third (32%) of all respondents disagree that their business can cope with the volume and sophistication of cyber threats.
Adam Vincent, co-founder and CEO of ThreatConnect, said, “Today more than ever, IT security teams need to do more with less.
“High employee turnover and stressed IT professionals can negatively impact an organization’s performance in the short and long term. The growing volume and sophistication of threats makes it critical for organizations to manage workload feasibility and provide teams with the support they need.