Survey: 69% of cybersecurity professionals concerned about skills shortage

The majority, 69 percent, of information security professionals report that the global cybersecurity skills shortage has impacted their organizations, according to a survey conducted by the Enterprise Strategy Group and the Information Systems Security Association.

Here are the top five ways respondents feel skills shortage has affected their work:

1. Increasing workload on existing staff: 54 percent

2. Hiring and training junior employees, rather than hiring professionals with more experience: 35 percent

3. Inability to learn or utilize security technologies to their full potential: 35 percent

4. Higher turnover amongst cybersecurity staff: 32 percent

5. Limited time for training, since focus is on daily responsibilities: 32 percent

Another frequently cited answer was high burnout amongst cybersecurity staff (25 percent).

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