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Addressing the Cybersecurity Burnout Effect

What is the Cybersecurity Burnout Effect?
A recent study by 1Password illuminated a trend that may already seem apparent within your organization: there is a clear connection between employee burnout and the experience of cybersecurity threats. When employees are disengaged, they are less likely to follow employee security protocols, therefore bringing greater cybersecurity risk to an organization.

Employees have always been an organization’s greatest cybersecurity vulnerability. When employees are burned-out, they are 3 times more likely to dismiss security policies. Even if an employee believes they have respect for protocols, being burnt out and overworked could make an employee more likely to click on a phishing email without taking a second look.

Security professionals are also burnt-out. In addition to the pandemic, 2020 and 2021 brought about an increase in cybersecurity attacks. The study found that nearly half of security professionals experiencing burnout found it difficult to manage all the apps and devices that employees use. Many security analysts experience alert fatigue from the many security devices they have in place.

How To Improve the Effects of Burnout?
Investing and prioritizing cybersecurity solutions that utilize artificial intelligence and zero trust can help minimize alerts and workloads for security professionals. By integrating solutions with artificial intelligence into your SIEM, you can minimize the number of alerts that your security team receives daily. Solutions like Pluirlock DEFEND and some XDR solutions will use AI to minimize alerts and improve efficiency. Talk to one of our cybersecurity experts today to learn more about solutions that utilize AI to minimize alerts today.

Company Culture is often recommended to prevent burnout in general. It’s easier said than done but creating a culture with boundaries and the culture of lending a helping hand can help prevent burnout. Using company culture to prevent cybersecurity burnout, specifically, will require cybersecurity training and a culture of zero trust. The concept of zero trust should trickle down throughout an entire organization. When employees are well informed on cybersecurity best practices, following policies will become second nature, minimizing cybersecurity threats. Aurora offers security trainings and assessments that can further introduce a cybersecurity-minded culture into your organization.

Contact us at or call 888-282-0696 to learn more about how Aurora can help your organization with IT, consulting, compliance, assessments, managed services, or cybersecurity needs.

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