Cybersecurity Sessions #12

Mental Health and Neurodiversity

Thursday, October 6th, 7:52 AM GMT / 9:52 AM CET
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Mental Health and Neurodiversity

Episode Description

Mental Health and Neurodiversity

Stress and burnout in cybersecurity is widespread, especially since the pandemic. The cyber skills gap and increasingly aggressive attacks have led to workloads growing massively. This is on top of long-standing worries like workplace bullying, long hours spent in front of screens, and the expectation to be available to work ‘whenever and wherever’.

Cyril Noel-Tagoe invites security awareness consultant and mental health coach Lisa Ventura to the podcast to offer helpful advice and information to those working in cybersecurity. She also shares her own experiences as a neurodiverse person, which comes with its own challenges and advantages within the industry.

Key points

  • How we can manage the stresses of working in cybersecurity to look after our mental health
  • The harm bullying causes in workplaces and how to approach this issue
  • Challenges and advantages of building a cybersecurity career as a neurodiverse person

Podcast Host

Cyril Noel-Tagoe

Principal Security Researcher , Netacea

Cyril Noel-Tagoe is an experienced information security professional and Principal Security Researcher at Netacea. He spends his time researching, speaking and writing about malicious bots and other cyber security topics.

Podcast Guest

Lisa Ventura

Founder , Cyber Security Unity

Lisa Ventura is an award-winning cyber security awareness consultant and is the Founder of Cyber Security Unity, a global community organization that is dedicated to bringing individuals and companies together to help combat growing cyber-threats. She is also a mindset and mental health coach with specific experience supporting those in cybersecurity with their mental health and managing stress and burnout.

Episode Transcript

[00:00:00] Lisa Ventura: Another bit of advice I can give to be honest, is that sometimes even if you raise it and things aren't followed through properly or it is brushed under the carpet, you do feel that you have no choice but to find something else leave. And it's far better to leave a toxic environment than it is stay in it and have it affect your mental health, drastically. Like it did with me.

[00:00:21] Cyril Noel-Tagoe: Hello everyone and welcome to Cybersecurity Sessions, our regular podcast exploring all things cybersecurity. I'm your host, Cyril Noel-Tagoe, principle security researcher at Netacea, the world's first fully agentless bot management product. Today we're going to be investigating mental health, bullying and neurodiversity in cybersecurity. tress and burnout are real challenges for this industry. We've increased our workloads, long hours in front of screens, a constant barrage of alerts and an expectation to be always available. In fact, research from Deep I

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