Nearly a Third of Cybersecurity Leaders Are Considering Quitting: Black Fog

Almost a third (32%) of CISOs or IT Security DMs in the UK and US are considering leaving their current organization, according to new research from BlackFog, released today. Of those considering leaving their current role, a third of those would do so within the next six months. These findings come as demand for cybersecurity talent intensifies, with reports of hard to fill vacancies and skills shortages across UK and US organizations.  

This research, which explored the frustrations and challenges faced by cybersecurity professionals also highlights the impact that cyber incidents have on turnover and job security. It revealed that of those who had been a CISO or IT security leader at a previous organization, two fifths (41%) either left, or were let go, due to an attack or data breach. 

When asked about the aspect of their role that they disliked most, 30% cited the lack of work life balance, with 27% stating that too much time was spent on firefighting rather than focusing on strategic issues.  

However, their role in keeping their organization safe from cyberthreats was clearly valued, with 44% of respondents stating that the most enjoyable aspect of the job is being the company ‘protector’ and having the ability to keep everyone working securely. 

The struggle to keep up with new cyber security approaches 

Escalating cybersecurity threats are driving new innovations to help organizations improve their cybersecurity posture, however, BlackFog’s findings show:

  • More than half, 52%, admitted that they are struggling to keep up to date with new frameworks and models such as Zero Trust.  
  • A further 20% felt that keeping the skill levels of their teams in line with these was a ‘serious challenge’. 
  • 54% also felt that they weren’t able to keep up to date with information on the latest cybersecurity solutions such as anti data exfiltration. 
  • 43% of respondents found it difficult to keep pace with the newest innovations in the cybersecurity market. This number varied by country, with 49% of US respondents agreeing versus 36% in the UK. 

Aligning with Board expectations

There were several key positives reflected in this study, especially in the realm of Board’s expectations for the respondents. BlackFog’s findings show that 3 out of 4 (75%) agree that there is a full alignment between the Board’s expectations of what they can achieve in their role and what they are equipped and able to deliver. In fact, two thirds (64%) of respondents were able to complete their priority tasks within the first six months of their starting date. This may be down to the fact that, on average, 27% of IT spending goes towards the security budget. 

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