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Demystifying Mental Health in the Infosec Community
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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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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.
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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.


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