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How Can Cyber Security Professionals Deal with Mental Health?

We can all agree that Cyber Security professionals are under a lot of stress in their jobs. If it wasn’t already hard enough deal with low budgets, high expectations and risks everywhere we look, we now have the pressures of a post-pandemic world looming over us. (How secure IS working from home really??)

In aid of World Mental Health Day last week, I thought I would share some great content that discusses dealing with stresses in the Cyber Security industry, and how you can look after yourself as part of the wider cyber security network.

3 Main Issues that Cyber Security Professionals are Faced With:

1: Working Long Hours as a Cyber Engineer, Cyber Manager or Cyber Director

The cyber security engineers & managers we work with often tell us that their hours are rarely ‘9-5’. It seems to be the norm to work long tiresome hours whether you’re a CISO, Penetration Tester, Risk Analyst or SOC Engineer. While it may be easier said than done, taking regular breaks throughout the day will give you some time to breathe and reset (and no doubt, you’ll have time to make a case for some new tech that will get your work done quicker!)

ScienceDirect says:

Long working hours cause the mental health of white-collar workers to deteriorate. Weekend rest is more important for white-collar workers’ mental health.

However, long hours can still have a detrimental effect on our health, even with long breaks. We’re working with a variety of clients within FinTech, eCommerce, Consultancy and more, so if you’re looking for a job with more manageable hours, take a look at our cyber security job openings or contact one of our cyber security recruiters.

2: Lack of Cyber Security Buy-In from Stakeholders

Sometimes stakeholders will not see the full value of the cyber security function. You may be perceived as a business cost when your organisation should understand truly what could be lost without you. For example, data could be stolen, extortionate fines are given and of course, customers lost forever.

McKinsey & Company have outlined ‘Perspectives on Transforming Cybersecurity’:

Engage the full set of stakeholders to ensure appropriate support and decision-making – A framework for improving cybersecurity discussions within organizations” explains tangible mechanisms the chief information security officer can use to gain buy-in throughout the company, and improve decision-making. The board’s role in managing cybersecurity risks” lays out what cybersecurity data the board of directors should expect, and the questions it should ask.

3: High Risk & High Pressure

When a lot is at stake, your mind can suffer as a result. Sometimes it’s not easy to deal with what you can’t control in your role, but you can manage how you cope with certain events or triggers.

Mind.org.uk have shared some great tips on how you can do this:

Working out what triggers stress for you can help you anticipate problems and think of ways to solve them. Even if you can’t avoid these situations, being prepared can help…

It’s important that we all consider the impact our employment has on our mental well-being. As a Cyber Security recruiter, it’s great that my candidates can share their every-day stresses with me and it’s even more rewarding when I can find them a role to better suit their needs.

If you’re looking for a change, get in touch with me or one of my team; we would be more than happy to discuss your next opportunity.

I wish you all safe, well and cyber aware!

PATRICK BEGLEY
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNT MANAGER
UK & EUROPE CYBER SECURITY
T: 001 214 436 3160
E: pbegley@firstpointgroup.com

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