Devo Technology [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6], a cloud-native security analytics company [2] [4], conducted a study on cybersecurity burnout and its significant impact on IT security professionals [4].


The study [1] [2] [3] [5] [6], which included 200 professionals, revealed that 83% of respondents or someone in their department had made errors leading to security breaches due to burnout [5]. This not only affects their mental and physical well-being but also directly impacts their organization’s security posture [3]. Additionally, 77% reported that their stress levels at work directly impacted their ability to protect customer data [5]. Despite these findings, 82% of respondents stated that they were told stress and burnout were normal parts of their job [5]. Furthermore, 45% of professionals expressed dissatisfaction with their leadership’s response to employee burnout [5], hoping for more training [5], mentorship [1] [5] [6], and development opportunities [1] [5].

The study also highlights the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals [5], with a shortage of 3.5 million individuals in the field [5]. The mental state of cybersecurity professionals is a significant factor [5], as 24% of respondents admitted they would leave the industry entirely due to burnout [5], and 85% stated they would leave their current roles for the same reason [5]. Devo Technology emphasizes the importance of organizations providing training [5], solutions [5], and mental health resources to support their security teams and improve overall security [5]. They offer training and mental health resources and are hosting an event to improve the well-being of security teams.

The study also reveals concerning trends [6], including high turnover rates and potential financial damages [3] [6]. IT security professionals feel unsupported by leadership [6], with a disconnect between security leadership and their teams [1] [3] [4] [6]. Alert fatigue has caused increased anxiety and depression [6], but stress and burnout issues are not taken seriously [4] [6]. Organizations that prioritize staff well-being have healthier and happier security teams [6], leading to increased security [6].


The study on cybersecurity burnout conducted by Devo Technology highlights the significant impact it has on IT security professionals. The findings emphasize the need for organizations to address burnout and provide support to their security teams. By offering training, solutions [5], and mental health resources [4] [5], organizations can improve overall security and mitigate potential financial damages. Additionally, prioritizing staff well-being can lead to healthier and happier security teams [6], reducing turnover rates and improving overall security. The study also underscores the growing demand for cybersecurity professionals and the importance of addressing burnout to retain talent in the industry.