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Cyber threats have increased significantly since the pandemic began. In particular, we are seeing an explosion of ransomware or even phishing attempts. The danger is all the greater with regard to SMEs, which can sometimes go bankrupt after an attack.
Faced with these challenges, professionals in the sector are trying to adapt and mobilize users, who are often the first links in the chain of defense. But they don’t always succeed, and the job seems to tire many of them.
Stress is omnipresent among cybersecurity professionals
At least that’s the conclusion of a study by the Tines company. To better understand the mental health issues faced by these professionals, investigators surveyed 1,027 employees working in cybersecurity-related jobs in Europe and the United States.
The conclusion is bitter, to say the least. 66% of those surveyed say that they are stressed by their work. In detail, 22% describe their stress level as extremely high, 23% as “fairly” high and 21% as “low”.
The bad news doesn’t stop there, as 27% of respondents felt their mental health had deteriorated over the past year thanks to various restrictions and an increase in teleworking. On the contrary, 39% think it has improved and 34% think it hasn’t changed.
Finally, and this is one of the other terrifying takeaways from this survey, 58% of employees surveyed say they take medication for their mental health, and 64% believe these issues are one of the factors that help them do their job hinder . . But at the same time, 64% believe it is their work itself that damages their moral balance. So we would be dealing with a very present malaise within the profession.
You can find all the details about this survey here here.