According to a new Gartner report, in the face of rapidly evolving cyber threats, 25% of all cybersecurity leaders will change jobs by 2025, for entirely different roles, due to multiple work-related stressors. According to the report, the demand for cybersecurity professionals will continue to rise, with over 3.5 million unfilled positions expected by 2025.
For years, there has been a growing concern about a cybersecurity talent shortage, with many organizations struggling to find skilled professionals to protect their systems and data. According to Gartner’s report, this shortage is likely to persist, with many cybersecurity professionals feeling the need to move to new roles in order to keep up with the latest threats and technologies.
“Cybersecurity professionals are facing unsustainable levels of stress,” said Deepti Gopal, Director Analyst, Gartner. “CISOs are on the defense, with the only possible outcomes that they don’t get hacked or they do. The psychological impact of this directly affects decision quality and the performance of cybersecurity leaders and their teams.”
In addition to the talent shortage, Gartner predicts that by 2025, a lack of talent or human error will be responsible for more than half of major cyber incidents. According to Gartner, compliance-focused cybersecurity programs, low executive support, and subpar industry-level maturity are all indicators of a company that does not consider security risk management to be critical to business success. Talent is more likely to leave for roles where their impact is felt and valued in organizations of this type.
To address these challenges, Gartner recommends that organizations take a more holistic approach to cybersecurity, integrating it into their overall business strategy rather than treating it as a separate function. This approach can help to create a culture of security throughout the organization, making it easier to attract and retain skilled cybersecurity professionals.
The sources for this piece include an article in Gartner.