Cybersecurity: 45% of professionals are on the verge of burnout

Nearly half of cybersecurity professionals have considered leaving the industry at least once, due to the unmanageable stress of the constant and unrelenting threat of Ransomware. That’s according to a study conducted by Deep Instinct, which proposes using AI to spare human experts…

Cybersecurity is a field that allows to grow in its workThe efforts made by professionals have a direct impact. Thwarting a cyberattack is a real victory, and can be beneficial to an entire company.

On the other hand, this sector of activity is also extremely stressful. This is confirmed by the third edition of the Voice of Secops Report from Deep Instinct, conducted with 1,000 cybersecurity executives from all industries.

Among the study’s participants, 45% admit to having considered leaving the industry because of stress. The main cause being the constant threat of ransomware, and the need to be available at all times of the day or night.

A total of 46% of participants believe that their stress has increased significantly over the past 12 months. This is especially true for those working in critical infrastructure.

This increased level of stress is leading cybersecurity professionals to want to change industries rather than seek another position with another employer. Of those surveyed, 46% know At least one person who has left the industry due to stress in the past year…

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Ransomware is the main source of stress

Contrary to what one might think, stress is not not the prerogative of SOC teams (Security Operations Center) teams that fight cybercriminals on the front lines. Executives, too, face heavy responsibilities and must make tough decisions about how to use available resources.

Of the survey participants, 45% say that Ransomware is the main source of concern for executives of their companies.

The study also shows that the payment of ransoms remains a subject of debate 38% of respondents admit to paying the amount demanded by hackers. Their goal is to avoid downtime (61%), or bad publicity (53%).

Paying the ransom does not solve the problems

Unfortunately, paying the ransom isn’t always enough to solve the problem. Of those surveyed who chose to comply with the hackers’ demands, 46% reveal that the stolen data was released anyway.

In addition, 44% did not could not restore their data even after paying. Only 16% of them say they did not have any further problems afterwards.

These broken promises have made the effect of a cold shower for most of the participants in the study. Among them, 73% no longer plan to pay ransom in the future.

Even among those still considering paying hackers in the future, most think they’ll get a nasty surprise. For example, 75% do not expect all of their data to be restored, 54% fear that criminals will steal the data anyway, and 52% fear the installation of a backdoor by the hackers to return later.

Artificial intelligence to the rescue

According to Guy Caspi, CEO of Deep Instinct, ” given that the constant waves of cyberattacks are likely to become more common and evasive as we move forward, it is critically important to ensure that those who dedicate their lives and their careers to the defense of our companies and our country are not stressed to the point of giving up “.

The business leader claims to be able to “ to help the cybersecurity community address one of the most important problems too often ignored by many: the people behind the keyboard “.

To achieve this, Deep Instinct proposes ” to adopt and use new defensive techniquessuch as artificial intelligence and Deep Learning “.

Indeed, AI tools are more and more recognized as the best weapon against sophisticated cyberattacks such as ransomware.

Artificial intelligence enables professionals to gain productivity, including by reducing false alarms to allow teams to dedicate their time and resources to key threats.

Indeed, 27% of respondents reveal that their false positive rate has increased over the past year, and 26% admit to turning off alerts because they were already overworked. This practice is a critical vulnerability for the company.

In order to improve their overall security posture, 47% believe it is Need to find a better balance between prevention of attacks and response.

Of those surveyed, 53% acknowledged having need more automation via artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve security operations. Similarly, 82% would rather depend on AI than humans for threat hunting. Only 6% of participants say they do not trust AI.

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