Nearly two-thirds of data security pros looking to change jobs

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Hiring managers faced with finding skilled data security professionals in a tight job market just received both good and bad news: Nearly two-thirds of security pros are looking to leave their current jobs.

That is one of the findings of a new study on IT security trends by staffing firm Mondo, which says that 60 percent of these workers can be easily hired away. Lack of growth opportunities and job satisfaction are tied as the top reasons to leave a job, according to the survey.

The study found several other top reasons why IT security experts leave a job. They include:

  • Unhealthy work environment (cited by 53 percent)
  • Lack of IT security prioritization from C-level or upper management (cited by 46 percent)
  • Unclear job expectations (cited by 37 percent)
  • Lack of mentorship (cited by 30 percent)

To help retain IT security experts, the study recommends that organizations offer the following benefits, based on responses from security pros:

  • Promoting work-life balance
  • Taking worker security concerns seriously
  • Sponsorship of certifications or courses
  • Increased investment in emerging tech
  • CISO leadership/defined ownership of security needs

“In 2018, IT security experts are some of the most in-demand IT professionals given the increased risk of cyberattacks, making it a candidate-driven market,” said Tim Johnson, CEO of Mondo. “Because of the extremely competitive job market and the current talent shortage, it’s important for employers to be aware of the specific needs of these professionals to help attract and retain them.”

The Mondo survey also reported on highest security priorities for 2019 among IT security professionals, with the following ranked in order as top concerns: InfoSecurity, network/infrastructure security, application security, and cloud security.

Overall, 84 percent of IT security decision-makers reported their company could be more secure. Mondo gathered this data by surveying more than 9,000 IT security professionals and decision-makers.

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