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Security leaders suffering from cyber fatigue

March 04, 2019 / Michael Moore

Cybersecurity professionals are positive about the challenges of dealing with the growing number of threats around today, but many still feel pessimistic about their work, new research has found. A significant number of workers say they are suffering from "cyber fatigue" according to Cisco's latest 2019 CISO Benchmark Study ahead of RSA this week. The study, which surveyed more than 3000 security leaders across 18 countries, found 30 per cent of CISOs reported they felt almost like giving up in the face of constant attacks - although this was down from 46 per cent last year. Email security was found to be the most pressing threat vector, with phishing and user behaviour named as top priorities, however a need for employee education remains high. Cisco also found that cloud-based security models are becoming more popular, with 93 per cent of CISOs reported that migrating to the cloud increased efficiency and effectiveness for their teams.