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The Great Resignation – or the Great Reshuffle as some are calling it – and the growing skills gap have been dominating headlines lately. But these issues aren’t new to the cybersecurity industry. While many are just now hearing about employee burnout, security teams have faced reality and serious consequences of burnout for years.

One of the biggest culprits? Alert overload.

The average security team gets tens of thousands of alerts each day. Many analysts feel like they can’t get their heads above water…and are starting to give up. This looks like physical burnout and even apathy. Surveys found that some security analysts feel so overwhelmed they ignore alerts and even walk away from their computers.

In fact, these surveys found that 70% of security teams feel emotionally overwhelmed by alerts, and more than 55% of security professionals don’t feel fully confident that they can prioritize and respond to every alert that really does need attention.

Sadly, there isn’t a single moment to waste when there’s a legitimate threat. The threat landscape is changing so quickly, you need a security team that’s not only on top of their game but also has the foresight to anticipate emerging threats. So the issue of alert overload is one of the main ingredients in a recipe for disaster when it comes to business risk. And the risks are only growing (think supply chains and ransomware attacks on critical industries like healthcare).

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