Cybersecurity Job Fatigue

According to ESG research, 51% of organizations report having a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills in 2018. This is up from 45% in 2017. 

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CISO’s New Year’s Resolutions

Most people have a few New Year’s resolutions – lose some weight, exercise more, spend more time with the family, etc. Based upon ESG research and many discussions with cybersecurity professionals, here’s a list of New Year’s resolutions for enterprise CISOs:

  1. Lead the effort to make cybersecurity part of the organizational culture. ESG/ISSA research indicates that 24% of organizations claim that business managers still don’t understand or support the right level of cybersecurity. In 2018, CISOs must alter this cybersecurity ignorance and apathy. How? Make a concerted effort to gain the CEO's support. Establish regular communications with all line-of-business managers. Work to better quantify risk in ways that business managers can understand and act upon. Get involved with business process initiatives before software developers begin writing code. Push HR for more hands-on training. Walk the floor and meet employees on a regular basis. CISOs must push as hard as they can in 2018. Those that make a difference can have a personal impact on risk mitigation across the organization. Those that fail should be ready to seek other employment in 2019.
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Cybersecurity Past to Predict the Future

As part of the recently published research report from ESG and the information systems security association (ISSA) titled, The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals, 343 infosec pros were asked to identify the cybersecurity actions their organizations have taken over the past few years. This list serves as a good foundation for what we can expect in 2018. 

The top responses were as follows:

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What Defines Job Satisfaction for Cybersecurity Professionals?

Everyone is busy writing their cybersecurity predictions for 2018 and while I haven’t published my list yet, here’s an easy call – the cybersecurity skills shortage will continue to be an existential threat in 2018. 

As a review, here are a few data points that lead me to this conclusion:

    • 45% of organizations claim to have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills in 2017. By the way, 46% of organizations claimed to have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills in 2016, so things are not improving.
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Cybersecurity Professionals Aren’t Keeping Up with Training

I’ve written a lot about the cybersecurity skills shortage lately, based upon data from a new research report titled, The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals, a collaborative effort done by ESG and the information systems security association (ISSA). The report indicates that:

  • 70% of cybersecurity professionals believe that their organizations have been impacted by the cybersecurity skills shortage.
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Cybersecurity Professional Recruitment Chaos

Here’s a quick review of some of the cybersecurity skills shortage data I’ve cited in recent blogs:

  1. According to ESG research from early 2017, 45% of organizations claim to have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills.
  2. In a recent research project conducted by ESG and the information systems security association (ISSA), 70% of cybersecurity professionals say that the cybersecurity skills shortage has had an impact on their organization. The skills shortage has led to an increasing workload on existing staff, the need to hire and train junior employees due to the lack of experienced talent, and a situation where the cybersecurity staff spends most of its time on emergency issues and very little time on proactive strategic planning or training.
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The Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Acts as A Root Cause for Security Events

ESG recently published a new research report titled, The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals, with its research partner, the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). 

The research looks closely at the ramifications of the cybersecurity skills shortage – beyond the obvious conclusion that there are more cybersecurity jobs than people with the right skills and background to fill these jobs.

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Acute Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Areas

In my last blog, I reviewed some new research from ESG and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), revealing that 70% of cybersecurity pros say that the global cybersecurity skills shortage has impacted their organizations. Based upon this and other similar research, I’m convinced that the cybersecurity skills shortage represents an existential risk to our data, businesses, and national security.

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New Research Confirms the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage Is an Existential Threat

I’ve been writing about the cybersecurity skills shortage for 7 years, clucking like a digital "chicken little" to anyone who would listen. If you’ve followed my blogs, you probably know that ESG research from early 2017 indicated that 45% of organizations said they have a problematic shortage of cybersecurity skills. This data represents large and small organizations across all geographic regions so the cybersecurity skills shortage can be considered a pervasive global issue.

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What’s Holding Back Enterprise Security Technology Transformation?

Last week, I wrote a blog about the rapid cycle of innovation happening with security technologies today – I’ve never experienced a time when every element of the security stack is transforming.

New security technologies are arriving at an opportune time. According to ESG research, 69% have increased their cybersecurity budgets in 2017 and my guess is that they will continue to increase investment in 2018. And when asked which BUSINESS initiatives will drive the most IT spending, 39% of organizations responded, “increasing cybersecurity protection.” This means that business executives are buying into the need for cybersecurity improvements all around. 

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