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Cyber Mindfulness Corner Company Spotlight: Jamf

At the IT Security Guru we’re showcasing organisations that are passionate about making cybersecurity a healthier, more mindful industry. This week, Aaron Webb, Senior Product Marketing Manager at Jamf, spoke to the Gurus about how leaders can approach the burnout crisis in cybersecurity, what the future of the industry looks like if nothing changes, and why now is the time for change. How can business leaders best approach the burnout crisis? Aaron tells us three key...

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Q&A: Supporting SOC Teams and Avoiding Burnout

We know that burnout is a problem for many people across the cybersecurity industry. We also know that in order to be the most secure we can be, we have to support those who secure us, whether that's through burnout prevention or career progression. Ciaran Luttrell, Senior Director, EMEA SOC Operations, at eSentire, takes a personalised approach when it comes to supporting his large SOC team. We spoke to Ciaran about managing SOC teams, the...

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Half of Cybersecurity Professionals Kept Awake By Workload Worries

According to research by the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec), cybersecurity professionals report that the industry is "booming", but 22% of staff report to work unsafe hours. This research, revealed in the Security Profession Survey 2022-2023, gives an insight into the state of the industry at present. In times of economic turmoil, it's natural to worry. Recent statistics have shown that around 1 in 10 members of the general public are considering turning to...

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Cyber Mindfulness Corner Company Spotlight: Pentest People

At the IT Security Guru we’re showcasing organisations that are passionate about making cybersecurity a healthier, more mindful industry. This week, Gemma Gilderdale, Head of People at Pentest People, spoke to the Gurus about Pentest People's innovative wellbeing support, the future of cybersecurity, and why nurturing new talent is key. Many organisation's view wellbeing as a tick-box exercise at most, if specifically considered at all. Budgets are tight, resources are stretched, so naturally wellbeing (often deemed...

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Over Half of Organisations Are at Risk of Cyberattack Due to Exhausted and Stressed Staff

Today, new research from Adarma has revealed that organisations believe that they are at significant risk of cyberattacks due to stressed and exhausted staff. The report, entitled “A False Sense of Cybersecurity: How Feeling Safe Can Sabotage Your Business,” highlights the worry faced by cybersecurity professionals when it comes to security, the skills shortage, and poor wellbeing. Additionally, the report highlights how diversifying the talent pool can be instrumental in closing the skills gap and...

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The Role of Cyber Wellness in Safeguarding Businesses

As I step out of our London office at lunchtime, I’m bombarded with establishments that promote ‘wellness’ in their description. From the £12 salad bar to the yoga and meditation studio, the nail salon to the library, I’m faced with a plethora of options to contribute to my physical, social, mental or intellectual wellbeing. In post-pandemic times, it seems we’ve put more focus on making sure we have a balanced lifestyle. Wellness doesn’t stop in...

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Cybersecurity’s Future: Women at the Forefront

The cybersecurity landscape is always changing, and women are increasingly being given a platform to break down barriers and advance in an area that has traditionally been dominated by men. Organisations like CyberWomen@Warwick, and by extension, CyberWomen Groups C.I.C., are assisting in this change and providing that platform to champion for women in cyber whilst paving the way for a brighter and better future. In this blog post, we'll explore what CyberWomen@Warwick does, delve into...

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Presenteeism: The Security Risk of Showing Up When You Shouldn’t

Let's talk about presenteeism. Simply put, presenteeism is when an employee is constantly showing up at work, despite being unwell. In today's hybrid world, this could mean either physically showing up at the office or logging on at home. As well as accounting for showing up when you're physically or mentally unwell, symptoms also include not taking holidays, being 'contactable' outside of work hours, and so much more. In the long run, presenteeism isn't good...

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The Power of Diversity: Building Stronger Cybersecurity

In an increasingly digital world, cybersecurity has become a critical aspect of our daily lives, with our personal information, financial data, and even national security at stake. However, as the field of cybersecurity continues to evolve, a glaring lack of diversity persists. The underrepresentation of certain groups, including women, minority communities, and individuals with diverse backgrounds, not only deprives the industry of valuable perspectives, innovative ideas and thought leadership, but also poses a significant risk...

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Navigating the intersection of cybersecurity, stress, and risk

According to a 2023 report by Cynet, 94% of surveyed CISOs are grappling with work-induced stress, with 65% admitting to its impact on their organizational defense capabilities. Moreover, approximately 8 in 10 employees note that work-linked stress adversely affects their physical and mental health. Stress impacts cybersecurity on two fronts. Cyber professionals are contending with ongoing threats and enduring taxing hours, which lead to errors and compromised judgments. Simultaneously, strained employees exhibit reduced threat awareness,...

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