The 5th annual Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professionals report from ESG and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) provides valuable insight into the challenges cybersecurity pros\u00a0 face, how they see themselves relative to the rest of the organization, and what brings them job satisfaction, among many other data points.CISOs and other cybersecurity leaders concerned with recruitment and retention would do well to take this data to heart. \u00a0Here are a few highlights from the report that get inside the heads of cybersecurity pros:Professional networking really matters. Cybersecurity professionals tend to rely on their professional networks when looking for a job\u2014especially once they\u2019ve gained a few years of experience.\u00a0 The data reinforces this: When asked which method they used to find their current jobs, 38% of respondents said, "networking with industry contacts," 24% were contacted by a recruiter, and 22% responded to a job posting.\u00a0 Hiring managers looking to engage talent should build relationships with cybersecurity professional associations.Security professionals want to work for organizations committed to cybersecurity. When asked what factors lead to job satisfaction, the top response was business management\u2019s commitment to strong cybersecurity (43%), followed by competitive compensation (39%), the ability to work with talented cybersecurity staff (33%), and an organization that provides support and financial incentives (32%).\u00a0 This data reinforces the fact that a cybersecurity culture really matters.\u00a0 Organizations with this type of culture should be able to out recruit and hire those that treat cybersecurity as a technology cost center.\u00a0Despite the challenges, cybersecurity professionals are happy. While 60% of respondents agree that a cybersecurity career can be taxing on one\u2019s personal life, nearly 4 out of 5 (79%) of respondents agree that overall, they are happy as cybersecurity professionals.\u00a0 This reaffirms the fact that cybersecurity professionals truly believe in their mission as defenders of the digital domain.\u00a0 For all our sakes, thank goodness they do!Cybersecurity teams don\u2019t always get along with others. This data is especially troubling and worth addressing.\u00a0 More than one-quarter (27%) of respondents say the relationship between the cybersecurity team and the board of directors is fair or poor, 29% claim that the relationship between the cybersecurity team and HR is fair or poor, 28% state that the relationship between the cybersecurity team and line of business managers is fair or poor, and 27% believe that the relationship between the cybersecurity team and finance is fair or poor,\u00a0 I don\u2019t think it\u2019s possible to have a strong cybersecurity culture with friction in these relationships, so executives should dig into their own organizations to find and fix collaboration issues and process bottlenecks.\u00a0Most people who work in cybersecurity are dedicated professionals who love what they do and form a strong bond with other kindred spirits.\u00a0 Nevertheless, the data seems to indicate that like Rodney Dangerfield, many cybersecurity professionals still don\u2019t get any respect.\u00a0Yup, it\u2019s hard to believe that businesses still don\u2019t get it considering things like the Colonial Pipeline attack, the Kaseya attack, and pervasive ransomware and nation state attacks, but the numbers don\u2019t lie.\u00a0 The very real concern here is that organizations that fail to embrace a culture of security and mismanage cybersecurity staff won\u2019t be able to recruit or retain talent, leading to increasing cyber risk.\u00a0More from the report soon, your feedback is welcome and appreciated.