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Gartner warns cyber leaders to make startling exits by 2025

A new report from Gartner reveals that nearly half of all security leaders could leave their roles by 2025 due to unsustainable levels of stress.

“Cybersecurity professionals are facing unsustainable levels of stress,” said Deepti Gopal, Director Analyst, Gartner. “The psychological impact of this directly affects decision quality and the performance of cybersecurity leaders and their teams.”

Gartner's research found that a lack of executive and industry-level maturity causes frequent high turnover and burnout in security teams, indicating the lack of security risk management prioritisation.

“Burnout and voluntary attrition are outcomes of poor organisational culture,” added Gopal. “While eliminating stress is an unrealistic goal, people can manage incredibly challenging and stressful jobs in cultures where they’re supported.”