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By: Marla Ovenden-CooperPublished On: July 19, 2021
There has been a transformation in the way we work, educate and live our daily lives over the last eighteen months. Those who are in the medical field have been impacted in ways that no others can truly understand. The impact of the pandemic on families who have lost loved ones, their jobs and have had to step back from careers will be felt for years to come. It seems that the pandemic has changed our world forever. The increase in remote work resulted in a spike of cyberattacks and has been dubbed the “Cyber Pandemic”. The cyber pandemic has impacted more than the pocketbooks of businesses and the government, it has caused security concerns for millions of people and spurred mass amounts of burnout among cybersecurity professionals. The IT security field had skill gaps prior to the pandemic, and the increase in bad actors taking advantage of the pandemic has caused these professionals to be working longer hours and handling greater threats.
The result of the increasing workload and threat levels that IT security professionals are managing have business leaders concerned. A recent study 2021 Forward Together , commissioned by Sage Canada and conducted by Angus Reid Group, reviewed business post-pandemic recovery. The survey results are concerning, 47% of business leaders indicated that they were concerned about employees experiencing burnout. More concerning is that of the 47% that are concerned 68% have yet to take action to address the issue. The report also highlighted that one in three Canadian workers believe that burnout is affecting their household, either themselves or family and that this burnout will affect their ability to do their job effectively this year(Forward Together, 2021).
Burnout is a serious concern for IT Security Departments. Most breaches are a result of human error and burnout results in increased errors. Burnout poses a security threat that can have dire consequences for the business. Businesses that plan to reduce burnout are taking a step towards mitigating risks and providing employees much needed support. Check out these tips for avoiding burnout in your IT department and be sure to comment and share any of your successful strategies to avoid burnout with us!
Managing burnout for your IT department means going beyond your IT team. All members of your company have increase risks of exposing the business to threats when they are burned out. These human errors cause your IT department to become overworked and results in the business being more vulnerable. If you have yet to develop a wellness program for your employees, 2021 is the year to do so.
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