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Demystifying Mental Health in the Infosec Community
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Frank Sterle Jr.
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Frank Sterle Jr.,
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2/18/2021 | 5:09:14 PM
Mental illness still not taken seriously enough
 

Although progress is being made on this front, for me there is still too much platitudinous lip-service towards proactive mental illness prevention as well as treatment.

And mental healthcare needs to be as universally covered as is physical care.                           

When it comes to the social reality of (at least for the foreseeable future) the prevalence of mental illness I'm often left frustrated by the contradictory proclamations and conduct coming from one of the seven pillars of our supposedly enlightened culture—the media, or more specifically that of entertainment and news.                         

They'll state the obvious—that society must open up its collective minds and common dialogue when it comes to far more progressively addressing the real challenge of more fruitfully treating and preventing such illness. After all, its social ramifications exist all around us; indeed, it's suffered by people of whom we are aware and familiar, and/or even more so to whom so many of us are related to some degree or another.                            

This most commonly occurs when a greatly endeared celebrity passes away or dies an untimely death. This fact was in particular exemplified immediately following the many predictable platitudinous sound bites and mini-memorial commentaries from the late actor/comedian Robin Williams' contemporaries as well as in many newspaper letters and editorials following his tragic suicide.
DavidHarris23
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DavidHarris23,
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10/10/2020 | 2:31:08 PM
Mental health
I absolutely agree with previous post. Mental health have a great impact on ourselves, so it's inportant to pay more attention to it. Recently, I've started to learn about mental health of IT sector workers and try to find more info about psychology and mental health at all.
SchemaCzar
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SchemaCzar,
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8/7/2018 | 9:01:51 PM
Moreover... lack of executive support
The "stress" part deserves further examination. I recently talked to a worker at a prominent Boston healthcare establishment where an executive refused to follow password management policy—no password complexity, no password *changes*!—exposing the entire institution to serious breaches.

We'll never have enough money for cybersecurity.  Let's be frank about that.  Like every other part of every organization, different groups want more money than they get.  But even worse, executives for a long time have not made organizational commitments to cybersecurity.  They let infosec pros write policies, but won't enforce them.  They hire well-connected dilettantes for CIOs and CISOs who provide poor leadership or, if the CISO is strong, the other execs freeze him/her out from actually implementing how things work.

Burnout?  Most cybersecurity pros keep on told to make bricks without straw, and know they'll be blamed when a big bad wolf blows the house down.  THAT is stress.
CD17
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CD17,
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6/19/2018 | 3:34:42 PM
Mental health
I'm happy to see issues of mental health getting more daylight. It's such an important topic, especially for a community like security that can be corrosive over time, dealing with bad things day after day. Burnout is a real problem. I'll be interested to hear how this track goes.


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