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Occupational Hazard

Forbes discusses a study reporting stress in CISOs.  The sensationalist headline, "Cybersecurity Mental Health Warning -- 1 In 6 CISOs Now Medicate Or Use Alcohol" does sum it up.

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Community Champion

Re: Occupational Hazard

Interesting article.  Not sure that the stats are quite accurate but their statement on "many do not have internal support" is more than valid.

 

Thanks for sharing

 

Diana

 

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Re: Occupational Hazard

 

Imagine a survey with the question 'How do you deal with Stress?' having one of its options as 'MEDICATION' --- and this getting misread and selected by someone who performs MEDITATION...

 

 

Shannon D'Cruz,
CISM, CISSP

www.linkedin.com/in/shannondcruz
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Re: Occupational Hazard

Was one of the options "inappropriate humour"?  That would be my choice ...


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Re: Occupational Hazard

The survey results (page 12) lists the categories from which one could chose.  "Meditation or Prayer" was indeed a choice that got a 12% response rate. 

 

There is plenty of useful information in the report itself (and the article).  I found it disappointing that the headline emphasized the two least reported ways of dealing with stress.

 

 

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Re: Occupational Hazard

 

I had neglected to check the link provided on the main page, thanks for mentioning it, @denbesten...

 

 

Shannon D'Cruz,
CISM, CISSP

www.linkedin.com/in/shannondcruz
Contributor I

Re: Occupational Hazard

My reading of the article was that the stress comes from a) a misunderstanding of the role b) from the 'always on' expectation and c) from a fear of job loss.  If a CISO is working in an organisation which expects there never to be a breach, for them to be on call 24/7 and reacts to incident with threats of dismissal then it'll wear most people down over time.  

Newcomer III

Re: Occupational Hazard

Been making the rounds in the local infosec community for me.

 

Some point out its not just the CISOs who are hurting...