Survey: 97% cybersecurity professionals find job 'rewarding,' despite frequent overtime

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The majority of cybersecurity professionals indicate they plan to continue working in the field, despite the long hours, according to a Farsight Security survey.

The San Mateo, Calif.-based cybersecurity firm surveyed 360 information security professionals about their experiences in the industry at the Infosecurity Europe 2017 conference in London in June.

Here are five survey insights into respondents' experiences in the cybersecurity workforce.

1. Almost one-third of respondents (29 percent) work 10 hours a day.

2. More than half of respondents (57 percent) work weekends.

3. Just over half of respondents (51 percent) said they have missed an important event while addressing a security-related incident at work more than once.

4. The majority of respondents (85 percent) plan to stay in the security business.

5. Almost all respondents (97 percent) said they find their job rewarding.

"Securing the internet, our businesses and national infrastructure is one of the world's most critical challenges," said Paul Vixie, PhD, CEO and co-founder of Farsight Security. "Cybersecurity professionals work hard behind the scenes to avert disasters that we rarely hear about, and we need more like them."

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