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9 Tips to Avoid Burnout in Cybersecurity

When security professionals are at the end of their rope — feeling both mentally and physically exhausted — it's often because of burnout. Here are ways to combat it.

Joan Goodchild, Contributing Writer, Contributing Writer

May 30, 2024

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Cybersecurity is known for its high-stress environment, near-nonstop work cycles, and demanding nature. That takes a toll on on one's mental health — specifically in the form of burnout.

It's not hard to find evidence of pervasive burnout among security professionals. A recent Gartner Peer Community survey found 62% of IT and security leaders have experienced burnout, and that many CISOs plan to leave their jobs or careers due to what Gartner called "unique stressors." And a survey from Mimecast found 56% of cybersecurity workers experience increased work stress every year.

So what can be done? Here we examine nine tips for managing your stress and preventing burnout.

About the Author(s)

Joan Goodchild, Contributing Writer

Contributing Writer, Dark Reading

Joan Goodchild is a veteran journalist, editor, and writer who has been covering security for more than a decade. She has written for several publications and previously served as editor-in-chief for CSO Online.

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