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CNI organisations must lighten load on cyber teams or risk mass exodus of workforce

CNI organisations must lighten load on cyber teams or risk mass exodus of workforce

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UK critical national infrastructure (CNI) organisations must take steps to ensure cyber leaders have the right budget, skills and tech stack to build out and implement an effective cybersecurity strategy or risk an exodus of skilled cybersecurity professionals, according to new research from UK cybersecurity services firm, Bridewell.

The research, which surveyed UK cybersecurity decision-makers in the communications, utilities, finance, government and transport and aviation sectors, reveals 95% are experiencing factors that would make them likely to leave their role in the next 12 months. Over four in 10 (42%) feel a breach is inevitable and do not want to tarnish their career, while 40% say they are experiencing stress and burnout which is impacting their personal life.

The prospect of people leaving jobs is particularly problematic for CNI organisations at a time when the threat of attacks remains high. Over two-thirds of UK CNI cyber leaders say that the volume of threats and successful attacks has increased over the past year and 69% say it is harder to detect and respond to threats.

Fears of staff leaving are also compounded by the ongoing skills shortage in the sector with 68% saying it has become harder to recruit the right resources to secure and monitor systems over the past year. Four in 10 say they currently don’t have the skills to monitor security threats in the cloud, 31% don’t have the right skills needed to run a modern security operations centre and 28% believe the don’t have the right skills to secure a remote environment.

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