A new survey from Bridewell, a cybersecurity services company, found that 95% of respondents are experiencing factors that would make them likely to leave in the next 12 months.
Of the 521 critical national infrastructure decision makers who were surveyed, 40% said stress could push them to leave their job with the next year.
These industry leaders attribute their desire to two dominant causes: 42% say a cyber breach is inevitable and do not want it to tarnish their career and 40% say stress and burnout are heavily impacting their personal lives.
Combined with the ongoing skills crisis, mass resignations could leave many sectors in a precarious situation. 68% of leaders surveyed say it has become harder to recruit the right people to secure and monitor systems over the past 12 months.
Traditional security operation centers now require over 40 different tools to ensure cloud and other system security.
Regarding attempts to stem the cycle of employee burnout and retention within the industry, Scott Nicholson, CEO at Bridewell, said employers needed to expand the scope of their hiring searches into other industries and professions.
The disruption within the cybersecurity market comes at a high-point in cyber attacks. With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, 72% of respondents say that cyberattacks have gone up since the invasion and 87% fear losing their job as a result of a cyberattack.