ESG Research Report: The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals 2021 Volume V


In early 2021, the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) conducted the fifth annual research project focused on the lives and experiences of cybersecurity professionals. This year’s report is based on data from a global survey of 489 cybersecurity professionals.

The cybersecurity skills gap discussion has been going on for over 10 years, and the data gathered for this project confirms that there has been no significant progress toward a solution to this problem during the five years it has been closely researched. The skills crisis has impacted over half (57%) of organizations. The top ramifications of the skills shortage include an increasing workload (62%), unfilled open job requisitions (38%), and high burnout among staff (38%). Further, 95% of respondents state the cybersecurity skills shortage and its associated impacts have not improved over the past few years while 44% say it has only gotten worse.

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Topics: Cybersecurity cybersecurity skills shortage

ESG Research Report: The Path to Data Leadership


Data teams and developers continue to serve as the lynchpin to businesses, overcoming shortcomings associated with more rapidly and reliably gaining insight from growing data sets. With improving data analytics for real-time business intelligence (BI) and customer insight consistently ranking as one of the business priorities driving significant technology spending, how are organizations enabling more end-users to actually leverage data? Skills gaps, collaboration, and accessibility have created several barriers for democratizing analytics across organizations, and pressure is being placed on data and software teams to make business intelligence easier to leverage and consume. But with the dynamic nature of the business being what it is today and the constant shifting of priorities, timeliness of delivery and accessibility of simplified analytics are being scrutinized. Embedded analytics is increasingly becoming the answer.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI