Some hypotheses on well-being, burnout and stress related illnesses in the Cyber Security industry presented at BSidesUK 2015

by Jack Daniel, Chris Sumner,

Summary : This short talk will introduce the hypotheses behind a future study aiming to examine whether technical Cyber Security practitioners self-report lower levels of well-being and greater levels of depression/stress symptoms than their non-technical peers and general society; if so, what might be contributing factors and what are the broader implications for the profession and organizational/national security?
The talk will outline the rationale behind investigating factors such as Autism Spectrum Quotient, Personality and Attachment Styles in relation to well-being and stress related illnesses.
A shortage of skilled Cyber Security professionals has been identified as a key barrier to the growth of the security sector and the ability for nations and organizations to respond to cyber threats. Understanding well-being and depression/stress symptoms in relation to the Cyber Security sector is an important area and relatively unexplored area of study, as many of the personality traits that characterize a good Cyber Security practitioner may also predispose them to depression or stress symptoms.