Overcoming The Obstacles Caused By The Great Resignation

The Great Resignation is impacting every sector across the globe. Research of 2,000 adults found that almost a fifth had left their job out of choice in the last 12 months alone, with a further 22 per cent having done so in the past five years.

One in 10 of those have quit as recently as the last six months and an additional 16 per cent plan to leave in the upcoming year.

When it comes to the security industry, Forrester predicts that the security ‘brain drain’ will significantly impact the sector. The stats show that one in ten security professionals are looking to move elsewhere to benefit from better pay, working conditions, and work-life balance. This issue is intensified by the ongoing skills gap, which continues to cause serious obstacles across the sector. 

The consequences of this are that security teams are over capacity and burnt out. Businesses are also continuing to face significantly more cyber risks, which could have a potentially devastating impact on their organisation. But what exactly can businesses do to reduce these risks while their workforce is stretched? 

Aligning Priorities Across The Business

As cyber criminals continue to adapt their tactics to infiltrate networks, the priorities of CISOs must also change to ensure their security teams can keep up with the threats at hand. This means having the right skills and technologies required to mitigate the risk while ensuring their defences can withstand the pressure created by new threats. 

The use of threat intelligence will be a critical part of this. The application and use of comprehensive threat intelligence will help cut through the noise, helping SecOps teams to adapt as quickly as global attackers do. This approach to cyber security will support the business’ adaptive resilience, with each potential threat making security teams smarter. 

Another essential element to ensuring cyber resilience is adopting technology that is both open and native. This will allow businesses to rest easy knowing that every piece of technology is connected seamlessly, eliminating any blind spots and gaps in a businesses’ protection.

By implementing an open technology platform, organisations can enjoy an automated security policy orchestration across a broad portfolio of security products which is designed to deliver maximum visibility, control, and vendor choice across all attack surfaces. 

Unfortunately, there isn’t a one size fits all approach to security. By taking these measures and implementing them as part of a comprehensive security strategy, businesses should feel empowered, knowing their defences are both flexible and more resilient to increasing cyber threats. 

Automation To Reduce Burnout 

In addition to investing in technology that is focused on protecting organisations against the threats of tomorrow, technology that can harness the power of machine learning and automation will also be essential.  

This will help organisations to cut through the noise of attacks to ensure SecOps teams can be more focused and effective, rather than feeling like they are constantly scrambling and therefore leading to burnout and missed threats. 

CISOs should also look to their vendors as partners and seek advice and consultancy when needed. As the threat landscape is constantly changing, no one can be expected to know everything they need to know all the time. Therefore, collaboration is vital, and something businesses should consider reducing the pressure on their security teams. 

Adapt Now To Thrive In The Future

There is no telling how long the great resignation will continue to impact organisations across the globe. Therefore, organisations must adapt now or open themselves up to a cyber attack. This is a heavy weight to bear for every CISO, but the answer lies with technology that combines threat intelligence with machine-driven automation.

This approach to cybersecurity will enable SecOp teams to focus on the tasks that require their attention the most. It will also help to empower teams, knowing that they’re making data-driven decisions to shore up their defences against even the most sophisticated cyber-attacks.

Fabien Rech is VP EMEA of Trellix

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