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Many security professionals suffering extreme burnout

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Cybercriminals are pushing security professionals to the brink of burnout, a new report from virtualization firm VMware suggests.

According to the report, published during Black Hat USA 2021, more than half (51 percent) of cyber-defenders have experienced extreme stress or burnout over the past year.

Polling 123 cybersecurity and incident response professionals from around the world, VMware found there is a pressing need for leaders to build resilient teams. 

Commenting on the findings, Rick McElroy, Principal Cybersecurity Strategist at VMware, argued that leaders should consider rotations of work and empower individuals to take mental health days, among an “any number of other initiatives aimed at nurturing personal growth and development".

During these pandemic times, it’s not just cybersecurity pros that are feeling the sting on their mental health - coders are in the same boat. A recent report by Haystack Analytics (opens in new tab) said more than four in five (83 percent) software developers suffer from workplace burnout, a problem that has only worsened since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

In both cases, increasing workloads and the reliability of the tools were cited as the main reasons for extreme stress in the workplace. Furthermore, criminals and hackers are adopting advanced technologies such as AI, making cybersecurity professionals’ lives that much harder.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.