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63% of cybersecurity professionals say their stress level has increased over the past year

Tines released the findings of a report to shed light on mental health in the cybersecurity community.

The increased pressures of recent years, remote work, talent shortages, work-related frustrations and other challenges are creating environments where mental health is on the decline. With May being Mental Health Month, Tines wanted to better understand security practitioners, their day-to-day struggles, how they categorize their mental health, and whether they approach work situations and scenarios in a healthy way.

“Prioritizing the mental health of your team is more critical than ever. This involves not only reducing workplace stress, frustrations and frictions that can impact mental health, but also providing the resources and support to help your team understand and improve their mental health as well.” , said Eoin Hinchy, CEO of Tines.

“In my fifteen years as a security professional, I have seen firsthand the impact of burnout on my team,” Hinchy said. “We hope that by shining a light on mental health through research and providing the opportunity for regular mindfulness sessions, we can help the safety community better address burnout.”

The state of mental health in cybersecurity

  • 47% place great importance on their mental health. 26% say their mental health is excellent, while 21% say it is very good. The rest rate their mental health as good (20%), fair (15%) or poor (17%).
  • 27% say their mental health has declined in the past year. 39% say their mental health has improved over the past 12 months, and 34% say it has stayed the same. However, 27% say their mental health has deteriorated over the past 12 months.
  • 57% have workplaces that offer mental health support. 57% of respondents say their workplace provides them with resources and support for their mental health and wellbeing. Yet only 54% say their workplace prioritizes mental health.
  • Stress levels are already high – and rising. 66% experience stress at work: 22% are very stressed, 23% are quite stressed and 21% are quite stressed. Additionally, 63% say their stress level has increased over the past year.
  • Mental health affects productivity and work affects mental health. 64% of respondents say their mental health affects their ability to do their job, and 64% say their job impacts their mental health.
  • Therapy and medication for mental health are common. 51% of respondents have been prescribed medication for their mental health, and of these, 58% are currently taking medication for their mental health. Additionally, 49% are currently seeing a therapist.
  • Half are in good physical health. 50% said they were in excellent physical health (26%) or very good physical health (25%). 42% get the recommended eight or more hours of sleep per night.

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