According to a recent study by business risk management firm Expel, cybersecurity professionals in the UK are facing a burnout crisis, with 50% at risk of quitting within the next 12 months. The study, which surveyed 500 IT decision makers in healthcare, government, financial services, and technology industries, revealed that the reactive approach to security and alert fatigue are causing stress and negatively impacting work/life balance.
The cybersecurity sector, characterized by high risks, quick pace, and constant activity, makes stress and burnout more prevalent than in other professions. This has led industry leaders and organizations to search for creative ways to recognize and tackle burnout and stress within their teams.
The UK cybersecurity landscape report highlights that 52% of IT and cybersecurity teams in the UK are overwhelmed by alerts, resulting in alert fatigue, burnout, and staff turnover risks. The overwhelming majority of survey respondents revealed that they were forgoing personal obligations due to IT management and cybersecurity risks, with 61% reporting that they or their cybersecurity teams are experiencing burnout.
To reduce cybersecurity stress and burnout, providing access to training and recognition can mitigate the negative effects of job demands, enhance employee well-being and performance, and ultimately address both problems. Here are 7 fun and easy ways to reduce cybersecurity stress and burnout:
By investing in the well-being of cybersecurity professionals, organizations can benefit not only the individuals but also strengthen the security of their organization. Prioritizing the mental and emotional health of cybersecurity professionals and creating a supportive and positive work environment should be a top priority for organizations in the UK.