9 Reasons Why Cybersecurity Stress Is an Industry Epidemic

9 Reasons Why Cybersecurity Stress Is an Industry Epidemic

Cybersecurity stress is an industrywide epidemic among security professionals. Burnout is a hard conversation, but it’s necessary for CISOs to face workplace stress before it compromises productivity, talent retention or individual well-being.

It’s not hard to understand why a security job can be stressful. Virtually all cyber teams are understaffed and overworked, and these resource shortages can make a serious impact. Globally, according to Nominet, one-quarter of security leaders have physical or mental problems that are the direct result of workplace stress, and 17 percent of those surveyed have even turned to alcohol or medication to cope with job pressures.

Stress is a serious risk to your organization’s security posture. CISOs need to understand why cyber teams face so much pressure and create a response plan for a healthier workforce.

Is Cybersecurity One of the Most Stressful Career Paths?

Workplace stress is an expensive global phenomenon across industries and professions. Tension isn’t unique to jobs in security or technology, but it’s difficult to assess just how the risks stack up. Everything is relative, including an individual’s perception of workplace stress.

Still, the average job tenure of a CISO is just 18-24 months — much shorter than the average 8.4-year tenure of CEOs. And data from multiple sources shows that cyber careers stack up unfavorably when compared to the average American worker’s experience. Security professionals in particular are:

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