CyberSecurity – Team Burnout and Breaking the Cycle

I presented on this topic a week or so ago on a panel for TechnologyFirst with two other cybersecurity experts. Bryan Fite and Jeff Hughes made perfect choices for this topic, and the attendees seemed engaged.

In this post, I wanted to just cover the slides with a few words and see if the presentation resonates with anyone to provide additional comments here online in this blog.


InfoSec engineers are responsible for maintaining the security of an organization’s digital infrastructure. They work tirelessly to protect sensitive data, prevent cyber attacks, and ensure compliance with relevant regulations. Their work is high-pressure and fast-paced, with constant changes in technology and threats.

The stress and burnout experienced by InfoSec engineers can be attributed to various factors, including long working hours, intense workloads, and the need for constant vigilance around threats. In addition, the high-stakes nature of their work can add to the pressure and lead to anxiety, depression, fatigue, and other mental health challenges.

To cope with the challenges associated with this profession, InfoSec engineers are encouraged to prioritize self-care, take breaks when necessary, and communicate effectively with their colleagues and managers.


Understand your role and responsibilities

Effective with Stakeholders

Training; be resourceful

Succession Planning

User Groups

Learn from stressful situations and events


Understand what you are protecting

Know the value of your environment

Identify what is critical

Know your environment (assets, data, access)

Initiate and continually evolve a plan

Design systems that make it easy to do the right thing and hard to do the wrong thing


Moving from art to science

Controls – adapt what you can achieve, set growth goals to extend

Assessment – know where you stand, know your weaknesses

Modeling – the more you model, the more comfort you gain from circumstances

Simulation – identify use cases, manage simulations, use automation/testing tools

Risk Management: Avoid, Mitigate, Transfer

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