Recruiting cybersecurity professionals is a major challenge because of the scarcity of qualified candidates, but at least employers don’t have to worry about them wanting to change professions. Most cybersecurity workers (64%) plan to finish out their careers in cybersecurity, according to (ISC)² research.
Of course, this creates a new challenge for employers – how to retain their cybersecurity staff. With a worldwide shortage of nearly 3 million, there’s always a chance workers will leave for better pay or more attractive working conditions.
To prevent this, employers must put serious effort into retention with measures such as robust training, professional development and open communication. The research shows that cybersecurity professionals want their opinions to be taken seriously when asked for input on cybersecurity matters. Employers that fall short in this respect may be sending their workers into the arms of another organization.
Another effective step aimed at retention involves cybersecurity certifications. Cybersecurity professionals view them as critical to their success, but the costs of taking courses and preparing for tests can be a big challenge.
Experience and Longevity
The finding regarding cybersecurity workers’ intentions to stay in the field came from (ISC)²’s most recent Cybersecurity Workforce Study, which polled 1660 cybersecurity and IT professionals…