Thirty percent of cybersecurity professionals around the world intend to shift to other careers in at least two years, signaling the possible worsening of the cybersecurity skills shortage amid increasingly sophisticated threats, reports ZDNet.
A Trellix survey revealed that cybersecurity workers planning to leave the profession cited the absence of a clear career path, inadequate social recognition, and limited skills development support as their main reasons behind quitting. While organizations noted the importance of skills development and certifications in bolstering the cybersecurity workforce, 94% of cybersecurity professionals said that more improvements could be done by their employers in fostering community mentoring programs in K-12 schools.
Meanwhile, 91% noted the importance of increased efforts to ensure diversity in the cyber workforce, while inclusivity and equality for women was cited as the most important factor that should be addressed in the industry.
"To help cultivate and nurture the best cybersecurity workforce for our future, we should broaden the scope for talent and change our working practices in the sector. Closing the talent gap is not only a business imperative, but a critical factor for our security," said Trellix Vice President of EMEA Fabien Rech.