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Why Cybersecurity Burnout Is Real (and What to Do About It)

The constant stresses from advanced malware to zero-day vulnerabilities can easily turn into employee overload with potentially dangerous consequences. Here's how to turn down the pressure.

Cybersecurity is one of the only IT roles where there are people actively trying to ruin your day, 24/7. The pressure concerns are well documented. A 2018 global survey of 1,600 IT pros found that 26% of respondents cited advanced malware and zero-day vulnerabilities as the top cause for the operational pressure that security practitioners experience. Other top concerns include budget constraints (17%) and a lack of security skills (16%).

As a security practitioner, there is always the possibility of receiving a late-night phone call any day of the week alerting you that your environment has been breached and that customer data has been publicized across the web. Today, a data breach is no longer just a worse-case scenario; it's a matter of when, a consequence that weighs heavily on everyone — from threat analyst to CISO.