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Tines Report Finds More than Half of Security Professionals Likely To Switch Jobs Next Year

October 24, 2023

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BOSTON, Oct. 18, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Tines, the trusted leader in smart, secure workflows, published the 2023 Voice of the SOC report, which examines job satisfaction and workloads among security operation center (SOC) teams, the obstacles analysts encounter, and the impact of automation on the lives of security professionals. Sixty-three percent of the security decision-makers and practitioners surveyed are experiencing burnout amid relentless cyberattacks, internal pressures, and limited resources. Nine out of 10 security teams are automating at least some of their work, and almost all (93%) of respondents believe that more automation would improve their work-life balance.

The 2023 Voice of the SOC report reveals that security professionals want to pursue high-impact work, but they're being held back by growing workloads, shrinking budgets, and a worsening skills shortage. This year's report surveyed 900 security decision-makers and practitioners. Tines expanded the scope beyond the United States to include Europe, and garnered perspectives from security leaders, practitioners and analysts.

According to the research, overall job satisfaction in the SOC remains high — security teams love the work they do. However, burnout is an issue. Respondents continue to feel teams are understaffed and don't have access to tools that could automate the most mundane aspects of their work. More than half (55%) of respondents say they're likely to switch jobs in the next year.

"Security practitioners love the work they do, but burnout is taking a heavy toll," said Eoin Hinchy, co-founder and CEO of Tines. "The Voice of the SOC shows organizations need to move quickly to address the lack of resources in their SOC before their teams find the escape hatch. Leading SOC teams have found a solution in automation. Smart workflows are helping run mission-critical tasks and achieve greater productivity at scale, freeing analysts to focus on high-impact work and reinforcing the business against threats."

Lack of budget, people, time, and effective tools are inhibiting SOC teams

In the survey, SOC teams identified three clear challenges they face each day: too much data; too many tedious tasks; and, too many reporting requirements. These pain points are amplified by a lack of time, budget, tools and people. Asked to rank the top five most frustrating aspects of their work, security decision-makers and practitioners chose a familiar answer: Spending time on manual work (53%). A quarter of respondents are spending more than half their time on tedious tasks.

Business leaders who are focused on streamlining processes and achieving operational efficiencies have found an effective way to do so with automation. The survey discovered that most security teams are embracing the technology, with 92% of SOC teams indicating that they have already adopted automation to some extent. The study identified the tasks that security decision-makers and practitioners wish they could automate, such as intelligence analysis and threat hunting, and the high-impact tasks — like researching new tools and developing advanced detection rules — that they would work on instead if automation was deployed to full effect.

Other key findings from the 2023 Voice of the SOC include:

  • More than 80% of respondents said their workloads have increased in the past year.

  • Spending time on manual work is the most frustrating aspect of the job. If respondents had to spend less time on manual tasks, they would use that time to develop more advanced detection rules, research and evaluate new tools, and integrate more systems and logs.

  • Organizations could increase retention by paying more, supplying modern tools with advanced capabilities, hiring more staff, and investing in solutions that automate manual tasks.

  • The percentage of respondents satisfied with their current job rose from 88% last year to 99% in 2023, and 98% of analysts are engaged with their work.

For more information, visit https://www.tines.com/reports/voice-of-the-soc-2023 to access the full Tines 2023 Voice of the SOC report. Join Tines on October 26, 2023 for a live webinar on the findings.

Research Methodology

Tines surveyed 900 full-time security decision-makers and practitioners from companies with 200 or more employees. Nearly half (46%) work at companies with more than 1,000 employees. There were 500 U.S. respondents, along with 100 each from Benelux, Ireland, the Nordic region and the United Kingdom. The survey was conducted online by Sago, a research panel company, in May and June 2023.

About Tines

Tines offers a smart, secure workflow platform for systems, thinkers, and problem solvers. It's the only platform that bypasses the need for programming skills, delivering powerful workflows straight into the hands of every team within an organization. Tines brings an impact-first approach to all teams, securely building thousands of mission-critical workflows per day across a diverse range of customers, including Canva, Databricks, Elastic, Kayak, Mars, McKesson and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The company was co-founded in 2018 in Dublin, Ireland, by former security practitioners Eoin Hinchy and Thomas Kinsella, and has raised $96.2M in funding to date from investors including, Felicis, Addition, Accel, Blossom Capital and Lux Capital.

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