The cybersecurity profession is critically understaffed. Coupled with the increase in cyber threats, cybersecurity professionals are experiencing burnout. Burnout among cybersecurity professionals can have a negative effect on an organization’s ability to ward off aggressive breach attempts from cyber-adversaries. The Maslach Burnout Inventory (MBI) scale has been used to measure burnout in information systems (IS) and other professions. This study extends the MBI literature. In particular, we suggest that the cybersecurity profession has unique characteristics that warrant further investigation into how the scale relates. This research-in-progress examines burnout in the cybersecurity profession by identifying context-specific job characteristics related to the role. A conceptual model and propositions are provided, including a proposed methodology and expected results.
Ogbanufe, Obi and Spears, Janine, "Burnout in cybersecurity professionals" (2019). WISP 2019 Proceedings. 10.