I Was A CISO for Six Years -- Here's Why Burnout Is Such A Problem


Ed Bellis

What do you call the life of an executive who has no control over their budget, difficulty hiring highly specialized employees and performance standards that are either unrealistic or impossible?

Right now, you call that person stressed. In a few months, you might call them unemployed.

Unfortunately, this situation is endemic to executives in corporate cybersecurity. And it’s leading to serious burnout.

A recent survey found that nearly 9 out of 10 executives holding either the title of chief information security officer (CISO) or chief security officer (CSO) reported “moderate or tremendous” job-related stress. More than 2 in 5 reported that their job had damaged relationships with family members or was detrimental to their mental health.

The result? The typical CISO tenure is just ...

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