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Joan Goodchild
Joan Goodchild
Edge Features

Security Pros Reflect on 2020

Eight cybersecurity leaders go deep on their most valuable (and very human) takeaways from a year like no other we've known.

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Humans Need Defending, Too

"The pandemic introduced a few major challenges, the first being the dramatic pivot to work from home and the increased attack surface area along with it. The second [was] the mental strain on an already taxed cybersecurity workforce. We've already seen mental health as an issue in this industry, with coping being done via abuse of alcohol and narcotics by some and others simply leaving the field. The pandemic over the past year and its associated fallout have caused several people I've known in this industry to commit suicide. We often talk about the health of our technology defenses, but we too often forget about taking care of the human defenses."
— Ken Underhill, Master Instructor, Cybrary

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. View Full Bio
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