Cyber Security Burn Out
At a time where diligence around cyber attacks has never been more important, there has been a huge uptick in the frequency and scale of these types of data breaches according to ZDNet. It’s just human nature that the sheer amount of attacks can lead to professional burnout. However, there are ways for us to overcome this burnout and keep our defenses up.
Eighty eight percent of data breaches were caused by human error, according to a 2020 study by Tessian and Stanford University. “When people are stressed or burned out, their cognitive load is overwhelmed and this makes spotting the signs of a phishing attack so much more difficult,” says Josh Yavir, chief information security officer (CISO) at Tessian. The attackers are aware of this as well, and they have begun to launch their attacks at inopportune times, usually between 2pm and 6pm, when fatigue is more prevalent.
By staggering responsibilities and work schedules, cybersecurity firms can combat this fatigue. Overworking your most talented employees can lead to mistakes that would have otherwise been easily caught. Fixing a mistake made by human error only compounds the overall workload. By keeping everyone as fresh as possible, we can avoid employee burnout and increase efficiency.