NorthSec 2021

Burnout: Destabilizing Retention Goals and Threatening Organizational Security
2021-05-21, 15:50–16:20, Main stream

Several trends are now colliding to make burnout among security professionals a greater threat to business continuity than ever before. From alignment of deployment decisions with employee training to judgement-free skills assessments and engaging upskilling, every organization can take common sense-yet-uncommon steps to prevent and address burnout, and increase security talent retention.


Did you notice a shift in your mental health and/or your colleagues? Burnout was at an all time last year due to the surreal 2020. As we approach 2021, we recognize how critical mental health plays when accomplishing goals and productivity output. This talk dives into the factors that lead to burnout among security professionals, the clear line between burnout and failure to retain cybersecurity talent, and how to invest in your team to make sure your team is able to thrive during stressful times.


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Chloé Messdaghi is an award-winning changemaker who is innovating tech and information security sectors to meet today and tomorrow demands. For over 10 years, she has accelerated startups through solutions that empower organizations and people to stand out from the tech crowd. She is an international keynote speaker at major information security and tech conferences and events, and serves as a trusted source for national and sector reporters and editors, such as Forbes and Business Insider. Additionally, she is one of the Business Insider’s 50 Power Players of Cybersecurity, a SC Magazine honoree, Cybersecurity Advocate of the Year, and Cybersecurity Women of the Year by Cybersecurity Excellence Awards.

Outside of her work, she is the cofounder of WoSEC and Hacking is NOT a Crime, and founder of WeAreHackerz. She holds a Master of Science from The University of Edinburgh, and a BA in International Relations from University of California, Davis, as well as executive education certificates from Wharton and Cornell.

Learn more: https://www.standoutintech.com
Connect on LinkedIn/Instagram/Twitter @ChloeMessdaghi

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