Stress hampers cyber incident response

January 16, 2024
1 min read

TLDR:

  • Over 40% of cybersecurity professionals are unable to effectively respond to cyber threats due to excessive stress fueled by limited workforce and burnout.
  • 43% of respondents have little to no capability to tackle potential cyber threats, and 25% struggle to deal with cybersecurity incidents.

According to a report from Adarma, cybersecurity professionals are experiencing high levels of stress and burnout, leading to impaired cyber incident response capabilities. The report reveals that more than 40% of cybersecurity professionals surveyed have noted the inability to conduct sufficient cybersecurity threat response due to excessive stress fueled by a limited workforce and burnout.

Additionally, the survey found that 43% of respondents have little to no capability to tackle potential cyber threats, while 25% said they could not effectively deal with cybersecurity incidents. Adarma emphasized that the pressure on cybersecurity teams is high, compounded by understaffing, which leads to frustration, burnout, and unsustainable stress.

The report highlights the potential for mistakes to be made, negatively impacting organizations. To address this issue, organizations have been urged to take measures to curb stress among cybersecurity teams. The recommendations include:

  • Bolstering team diversity
  • Improving workload distribution
  • Deploying appropriate technologies
  • Fostering employee engagement and well-being
  • Enhancing resource allocation
  • Reevaluating security strategies to meet evolving threats

By implementing these measures, organizations can alleviate stress and support the effectiveness of their cybersecurity teams in responding to incidents. It is crucial for organizations to prioritize the well-being of their cybersecurity professionals and provide them with the necessary resources and support to navigate the complex and demanding cyber threat landscape.

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