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How do DevSecOps professionals feel about security becoming a 24-hour job?

As breaches continue to rise, cybersecurity and development professionals are feeling the pressure to maintain their organizations’ security postures. Invicti Security released a report revealing just how overworked and understaffed developers and security professionals are, but proud of their role within their organizations.

Produced in partnership with Wakefield Research, the report is based on a survey of 500 cybersecurity professionals and software developers with at least a director title within their organization. Respondents were from US companies with 2,000 or more employees.

The survey reveals that the big resignation and the impending cyberattacks have created additional stress on their work:

  • DevSecOps professionals spend more than 4 hours a day resolving security issues that should never have happened, with 41% of cybersecurity professionals spending more than 5 hours resolving security issues, compared to 32% of their developer counterparts.
  • After discovering the last vulnerability, 81% of professionals are likely to already feel anxious about the next one.
  • It also affects personal life. 50% of cybersecurity and development professionals had to log on during the weekend or during their free time, and 1 in 3 missed a meeting or a night out with friends. In fact, 41% of developers have missed a party, compared to 34% of their cybersecurity counterparts.

Despite increased pressure, developers and security professionals are proud of their careers

Despite this, the majority of professionals take pride in their careers and see their overall work having a positive impact. Findings show:

  • Through their work, 65% of cybersecurity and development professionals estimate that they have saved their company more than $1 million this year by preventing breaches.
  • 94% agree that the digital transformation and shift to a remote working model in recent years has made their role more valuable and rewarding.
  • They believe they have chosen an attractive career path. Eighty-eight percent said they would be proud to put “cybersecurity expert” in an online dating profile.
  • Improved working relationships between security and development. 49% of respondents say they are “best friends” with their counterparts, while 28% say they are “frenemies”. That’s a 14% increase from the fall edition of the Invicti AppSec Indicator.

“The move to the cloud and the pressure to secure everything without slowing down business priorities has made cybersecurity and development professionals the singing heroes of their organization,” said Sonali Shah, Chief Product Officer at Invicti.

“But with teams strapped for resources, organizations struggle to retain talent. That’s why it’s essential to prioritize technology that protects the organization while enabling collaboration, automating manual tasks and, therefore, promoting overall well-being. »

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