Security Practitioners Should Understand Their Business

October 2, 2023

Discover why security practitioners should understand their business context for more effective cybersecurity strategies. With devastating data breaches and ransomware attacks dominating headlines and putting people’s lives at risk, cybersecurity has been elevated to a business imperative. But, as staffing shortages persist and threat volumes increase, it’s clear that security professionals are overwhelmed. And relying on them to mitigate threats and prioritize the right alerts can be risky business.

2. It’s a risk

Cyberattacks are devastating to organizations of all sizes and have made cybersecurity a mission-critical business issue that requires organizational commitment. Data breaches and ransomware attacks dominate headlines, cause millions of dollars in damages, destroy reputations and put individuals at risk. Talent shortages are making it harder for understaffed SOC teams to respond quickly and effectively to threats. This is why automation is critical to improving the security posture of organizations. It allows analysts to focus on more valuable, more challenging work while eliminating redundant, time-consuming tasks so they can detect and resolve threats faster.

3. It’s a challenge

With data breaches and ransomware attacks dominating headlines, damaging reputations, and putting sensitive customer information at risk, organizations can no longer afford to slip up. They need to build a bulletproof security posture, but doing so at the speed of business requires an agile approach.

Despite budget cuts, layoffs, and fears of recession, organizations are still prioritizing investments in bulking up their cybersecurity defenses. Adding to that, staffing shortages are making it challenging for understaffed security operations centers (SOC) teams to keep up with ever-expanding attack surfaces and rapidly evolving threats. As such, many security professionals are welcoming automation and AI with open arms.

4. It’s a competitive advantage

As organizations deploy applications at an ever-increasing pace to bring new value to customers, security needs to be integrated in a DevOps way that doesn’t introduce setbacks from a governance or compliance standpoint. Listen to Chuck speak more on this in his podcast, DevOps for Security Professionals.

Cybersecurity talent shortages are a major issue, and it’s no secret that understaffed security operations centers (SOCs) are vulnerable to attacks. Relying on people to keep up with alerts and data is a recipe for burnout and failure, which is why so many teams are welcoming automation and AI into their SOCs.

In fact, a recent survey found that 100% of security professionals reported that using AI has been helpful to address staffing issues.

5. It’s a career

It’s intuitive to see that users are a major part of the cybersecurity problem; less so that they also play a huge role in the solution. Nonetheless, cybersecurity professionals should focus on user communication and education for several reasons.

First, they’re busy. Tasked with defending against massive attack surfaces, rapidly evolving threats, vulnerability-prone software and other issues, security pros are constantly fighting fires. That’s exacerbated by staffing shortages, budget constraints and other challenges.

Adding to that pressure, security professionals are often expected to do more with less. The result is that they’re stressed, overworked and burned out. This erodes their morale, makes them susceptible to fatigue and lowers their effectiveness. Considering all of this, it’s no wonder that cybersecurity careers are prone to high turnover and burnout.

Finally, cybersecurity professionals have to deal with the constant threat of data breaches and ransomware attacks that make headlines, damage reputations, cause business disruption and put customers at risk. It’s easy to get drawn into a war-like mindset and forget about the bigger picture.

Despite the challenges, many cybersecurity jobs offer good pay and benefits. Check out CompTIA’s IT Salary Calculator to see what salaries are available for various cybersecurity job titles. If you’re looking to advance your career, consider a bachelor’s degree designed by industry experts that gives you the theoretical depth and practical knowledge you need for cybersecurity success.

In a world where time is of the essence, it’s critical that you use automation to detect and respond to threats quickly. As an example, IDC recently reported that 100% of security professionals say that automating processes in their SOCs is more effective than relying on people to handle the workload.

Ammar Fakhruddin


Ammar brings in 18 years of experience in strategic solutions and product development in Public Sector, Oil & Gas and Healthcare organizations. He loves solving complex real world business and data problems by bringing in leading-edge solutions that are cost effective, improve customer and employee experience. At Propelex he focuses on helping businesses achieve digital excellence using Smart Data & Cybersecurity solutions.

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