I quit my job because of burnout
Burnout can hurt your heart, literally
Is burnout actually a form of depression?
These recent real-life headlines tell a disturbing story: Burnout is afflicting workers everywhere. While we’re used to hearing tales of chronic stress impacting those working in traditionally demanding fields like medicine and emergency services, the truth is workplace-related emotional, physical and mental exhaustion can take its toll on anyone – and incidents of the epidemic are rapidly increasing.
And wouldn’t you know it, the cybersecurity professional is not immune, especially in the security operations center (SOC), where analysts, engineers, managers and more groan underneath the weight of immense workload, tedium and pressure.
Thankfully, like other issues that affect mental health, we are becoming more comfortable openly discussing staff burnout. In fact, the phenomenon served as the premise of one of the keynotes at the 2019 RSA Conference, and it is sure to find its way throughout this year’s show agenda.
Not only are more people actively talking about burnout, but security professionals, amid a skills shortage and widening attack surface, are only going to become more susceptible to it.
This is why we spent a considerable amount of time creating a comprehensive and interactive interactive e-book, partially written by an organizational psychologist, to diagnosing, treating and avoiding burnout in the SOC. It is the most substantial e-book (29 pages in PDF format) the cybersecurity industry has ever created around burnout. That is how important we believe the conversation is to have.
Feel free to sit down and read it all the way through. You’ll find it to include riveting and eye-opening stuff. But it’s also designed to be a reference guide that you can consume piecemeal, extracting insights or advice that interest you most, as you need them.
Among what you’ll discover is:
- Understanding how stress affects the brain and body.
- Tips and strategies for managing and mitigating work-related stress.
- A Q&A with the CEO of Mental Health Hackers highlighting the unique circumstances of the SOC.
- Anti-burnout advice from an actual SOC analyst.
- Whether you’re at risk to burnout by taking a 15-question quiz.
- How security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR) is designed to infuse efficiency, effectiveness – and calm – into the SOC.