51% of cybersecurity pros say their organizations are suffering cybersecurity talent shortages: 5 things to know

Nearly 51 percent of organizations report they are experiencing  a "problematic shortage" of cybersecurity skills in 2018, up from 45 percent in 2017, according to research from the Enterprise Strategy Group and the Information Systems Security Association.

For the report, ESG and ISSA surveyed 343 cybersecurity professionals across all industries.

Here are five things to know about the effects of the cybersecurity skills shortage on cybersecurity professionals.

1. Almost all cybersecurity professionals (70 percent) agree the cybersecurity skills shortage has impacted their organization.

2. Sixty-three percent of respondents indicated the skills shortage increased the workload for existing staff.

3. More than half (62 percent) of cybersecurity professionals do not feel their organization is providing an adequate level of training for them to keep up with business and IT risks.

4. About 41 percent of respondents said the skills shortage has resulted in staff dedicating time to high-priority issues and incident response, meaning cybersecurity professionals operate in a high-stress workplace.

5. Nearly 38 percent of respondents reported the skills shortage has led to high burnout rates at their organizations.

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