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.

Consequences of high employee turnover in healthcare IT

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

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 healthcare cybersecurity services can significantly benefit healthcare organizations in multiple ways, including:

Cost reduction

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.

Optimized internal resources

Backfilling cybersecurity positions can demand 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.

Training time savings

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

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.