Security B-Sides London 2015

3rd of June 2015
ILEC Conference Centre 47 Lillie Road, London, SW6 1UD
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Wednesday, June 3 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Some hypotheses on well-being, burnout and stress related illnesses in the Cyber Security industry

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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.


Chris Sumner & Jack Daniel

Chris is a security data guy at Hewlett-Packard, where he's been employed for over 20 years; albeit some of those years were with DEC and Compaq. For the past 14 years he has performed a variety of security roles, including worldwide Security Manager for HP's Imaging and Printing... Read More →

Wednesday June 3, 2015 3:15pm - 4:00pm BST
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