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Report Finds 80% of Security Engineers Feel Some Level of Burn Out

New research by Panther Labs, provider of a cloud-scale security analytics platform, found that 80% of security engineers feel some level of burn out.

Employee burnout should always be a concern for company leadership, and this finding is even more crucial to address given the pivotal role security engineers face in protecting their organizations.

The company’s founder and CEO said: “Given that I started my career as a security engineer, I wanted to shed more light on what it is like to be a security engineer and the importance of this role. From their vantage point, they are often best positioned to evaluate security monitoring solutions and recommend security operations improvements to management. Our goal with this research report is to offer insights into one of the more technical roles within security teams.”

According to the company’s Life as a Security Engineer report, 67% even claim they plan to leave their current employer within 12 months, citing unhappiness with their pay and low satisfaction around the tools they use or have access to.

“These critical practitioners are responsible for testing and screening security software and monitoring networks and systems for threats or intrusions. They analyze troves of security-related data to detect and remediate threats as early as possible in the cyber kill chain. It’s critical for employers to constantly evaluate what new tools their security teams need to do their jobs well and ensure that the company culture emphasizes the importance of security,”  Naglieri said.

It’s important for organizations to be cognizant of these defenders and actively work on solutions to support employee health, retain their security staff, and prevent cumulative exhaustion from introducing risk to the organization.


Staff Correspondent at CPO Magazine