Despite overtime and weekends, cybersecurity professionals are happy

As WannaCry, Petya and other attacks create long hours for cybersecurity pros, healthcare C-suite execs need to make sure their workers are satisfied in their jobs.
By Bill Siwicki
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These days, healthcare CIOs need to be especially concerned with whether their CISOs and other cybersecurity professionals are happy in their jobs.

Healthcare is getting nailed with cyberattacks, including high-profile assaults like WannaCry, Petya and NotPetya. What’s more, nearly half of cybersecurity professionals said there have been security incidents similar to WannaCry that they worked on just as frantically that the public never hears about, according to a recent survey conducted at the Infosecurity Europe 2017 event by cybersecurity vendor Farsight Security.

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In order to mount the best defense, healthcare C-suite executives need to make sure the workers defending the castle are content. And according to a new survey from Farsight, these workers are pretty happy despite some challenges.

More than half (57 percent) of IT security professionals work weekends and, on average, nearly a third (29 percent) work ten hours a day, the survey of 360 information security professionals found. But despite the overtime, nearly all (97 percent) said they still find their job rewarding and the vast majority (85 percent) said they plan to stay in security, the survey said.

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This enthusiasm for the job and the intent to stay are good news for healthcare leaders, considering today’s cybersecurity skills shortage and the increasing financial and other implications of cybercrime.

“Securing the Internet, our businesses and national infrastructure is one of the world’s most critical challenges,” said Paul Vixie, CEO, co-founder and chairman of Farsight Security. “Cybersecurity professionals work hard behind the scenes to avert disasters that we rarely hear about, and we need more like them.”

In addition to working weekends, 51 percent of survey respondents said they more than once had missed an important event due to a security-related incident at work.

Twitter: @SiwickiHealthIT
Email the writer: bill.siwicki@himssmedia.com


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