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Beyond Burnout: What Is Cybersecurity Doing to Us?

Infosec professionals may feel not only fatigued, but isolated, unwell, and unsafe. And the problem may hurt both them and the businesses they aim to protect.
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3/25/2020 | 11:44:43 AM
Self-Care and Prioritization
As someone who's battled my own demons - making it a priority and talking about emotional health and self-care is the way to go.

To the quote about "quationing one's self" I went through this alone. I've got a bookshelf full of self-help, how-to-win-back-your-life-and-be-awesome books. I took a Gallup test, the Eneagram test, and anything else I could get my hands on to self-diagnose and "hack" the solution like I do at work. It took a really good counseling session to shift my perspective from "what's wrong with me" to "how can i be my best self".

I opened up to the cyber community, there have been some really great initiatives on mental health (by Jay Radcliffe and others) and as scary as it was, I took the leap.

The toughest part was implementing "digital minimalism" to control triggers. Establsihed office hours, email/phonecall blackouts, weekend "digital sabbatical" - and using Eisenhower matrix to prioritize myself and to explain my prioritization to my colleagues. Everything is not "urgent and important" and we can't always be the superheroes. 

Lastly - and I have followed my own advice here - if you're in a toxic environment that doesn't allow you to manage these things - get out at all costs. 

I didn't find some magic formula - I simply had to deconstruct the problem and address it piece by piece.
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