Professional job burnout is a hot topic in healthcare, but it isn’t the only field where pressure and frustration can take a toll on an employee. Cybersecurity is one of the roles where there are people actively trying to ruin your day, 24/7. Dark Reading brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “Why Cybersecurity Burnout Is Real (and What to Do About It).”

A 2018 global survey of 1,600 information technology professionals found that 26% of respondents cited advanced malware and zero-day vulnerabilities as the top cause for the operational pressure that security practitioners experience. Other top concerns include budget constraints (17%) and a lack of security skills (16%).

The constant stresses of cybersecurity can easily turn into an employee overload with potentially dangerous consequences. One of the biggest dangers is the numbing of their senses, causing them to overlook important details that can greatly increase the chances of a serious security incident.

The constant pressures can also lead some employees to quit or take an extended hiatus, which when handled properly, is not always a bad thing. It certainly is better than the previous outcome.

Melody K. Smith

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