Editorial

Cybersecurity professionals start to feel the strain

Tripwire survey finds that no less than 83% of cybersecurity personnel feel ‘overworked’

Posted 12 February 2020 by

83% of US Cybersecurity professionals feel more overworked going into 2020 than they were at the beginning of 2019, and an equally scary 82% say their teams were understaffed.

This strain on Cybersecurity teams is also being exacerbated by the inability to find experienced staff, with a very 85% saying it has become “more difficult” over the past few years to hire skilled security professionals.

The data was gathered via a recent poll of such professionals by Tripwire, a US-headquartered specialist in asset discovery, secure configuration management, vulnerability management and log management.

The poll, of just under 350 practitioners, also found that only 19% of the sample group’s employers provide in-house resources for “managing the stress associated with the specific issues of IT security”.

The survey also found:

  • A large majority (85%) believe managed services are a good option for addressing security skills gaps
  • Nearly half (46%) plan to use more managed services in 2020
  • Half (50%) say they will invest more heavily in training existing staff.

Commenting on the results, gathered by market researchers Dimensional Research, Tripwire vice president of product management and strategy Tim Erlin believes that, “It’s getting harder and harder for organisations to fill open positions on their security teams.

“Larger organisations, which you might assume have more resources, are experiencing the skills gap issue even more acutely than smaller organizations.

“It’s a challenge to hire the right skill sets as they keep changing along with security, which is always evolving. Nearly all of those we surveyed said the skills required to be a great security professional have changed over the past few years.”

Go here for the full version of the research.