As the IT Security candidate shortage in the medical industry continues to grow, healthcare administrators find themselves faced with a second staffing crisis: turnover. As companies in every vertical compete for the same dwindling talent pool, the healthcare segment has had to navigate an upswing in turnover amongst their cybersecurity professionals. It’s a trend that can cost healthcare organizations far more than just the salary of a replacement employee. When faced with consistent turnover and lack of professional resources, cybersecurity teams across the entire industry find themselves managing several significant (and costly) byproducts of employee turnover, including:
- Lost productivity
- Cost of training, certifications, licensure of lost employee
- Severance and benefits costs
- Recruitment fees
Additionally, the loss of proprietary network security knowledge can also deliver a major blow to a healthcare facility’s infrastructure. Unlike other departments who can better absorb performance gaps during the search for employee replacements, cybersecurity teams are essential to keeping the facility safe from digital threats on a global scale. Even the loss of a single employee on a cybersecurity team significantly increases the chance of a successful cyber attack or data breach that can compromise patients’ private medical records and personal information.
How to Prevent Turnover in IT Security
Professional Cybersecurity Teams Can Reduce the Risk of Employee Turnover
With no end to the IT cybersecurity shortage in sight, many healthcare administrators and HR professionals have turned to outsourced cybersecurity teams to help bridge the gaps in their internal departments. A qualified and experienced firm that specializes in security information and event management (SIEM), data loss prevention, connected medical devices, and other healthcare specific services can directly impact the cost of turnover at healthcare organizations in multiple ways, such as:
Whether using internal hiring personnel or working with an outside staffing firm, continuously sourcing new cybersecurity professionals can prove costly in terms of time, resources, and capital. Working with an outsourced firm means you won’t have to continually pay a recruiter’s finders fee every time you have to fill (and refill) a position.
Wasted Hours And Internal Resources
Backfilling cybersecurity positions can waste countless hours across many levels of your organization. Creating and posting the job description, qualifying countless individual candidates, setting up interviews, negotiating salaries, and onboarding a new hire requires significant bandwidth from HR, management, and individual stakeholders. Additionally, each time an employee exits your organization, your internal cybersecurity team will have to spend significant hours attempting to absorb the responsibilities of your former employee. An outsourced cybersecurity team completely eliminates any time spent trying to source and hire new employees completely. No screening resumes, coordinating interviews, or negotiating salaries; the team arrives ready to manage your portions of your cybersecurity program to keep your organization safe from a cyber attack.
Time (and Money) Spent Training
Many healthcare administrators and Human Resource directors don’t realize just how expensive it can be to continuously pay for required licensures, courses, and certifications with new team members. However, in a culture of high turnover, the cost of training can prove an excessive expense, in both time and money. Working with an outsourced cybersecurity team means you can completely eliminate the time and money spent onboarding and training new employees with every backfilled position. A reputable and experienced cybersecurity firm has a full crew of licensed, educated, and certified professionals ready with the skills you need to manage your needs efficiently and successfully. If the requirements of your project change, your chosen provider will adjust the resources allocated to your healthcare facility to ensure you have the right personnel working to maintain and execute a solid cybersecurity program.
Severance and Benefits
Best of all, working with an outsourced IT team means you’ll never have to worry about severance packages and extended benefits for employees leaving your organization. You’ll pay your outsourced provider your agreed upon rate and, once the engagement ends, so does your payment obligation. Tired of managing an influx of turnover at your healthcare organization? We can help. Contact Fortified Health Security to discuss your cybersecurity needs with a member of our trained and skilled team.