Stress, Burnout, Rinse, Repeat

Presented at BSidesLV 2015, Aug. 4, 2015, 6 p.m. (55 minutes)

Stories of burnout in tech professionals are not rare, particularly in security pros. Building on the earlier work of the stress and burnout project team which presented at BSidesLV 2011 and RSA USA 2012 and adding new voices, perspectives, and research this panel will explore what we have learned about warning signs, prevention, support, and recovery- and what remains to be done. This will be a highly personal and conversational discussion. While this topic needs public discussion, we are submitting to the Underground track to encourage candid discussions which might be stifled by public exposure.


  • Chris Sumner / Suggy - Data Enthusiast   as Chris Sumner
    Chris is a security data nerd at Hewlett-Packard. Outside work he co-founded the not-for-profit Online Privacy Foundation who contribute to the emerging discipline of behavioral residue research within online social networks. He has previously spoken on this area of research at BSides, DEF CON and other conferences.
  • Scott Thomas - Sr. Security Consultant/Vulnerability Management Team Lead - VioPoint
    Scott has worked in IT since the 90s mostly in finance & insurance. He has held multiple jobs ranging from the Service Desk to Vulnerability management. He is currently a Senior Security Consultant leading the Vulnerability Management practice for VioPoint. He helps support multiple industry verticals in organizations with a few dozen employees to those on Fortune's list. The topic of stress and burnout have been something he's struggled with personally and presented about a few times at Bsides and other conferences.
  • Martin McKeay - Trouble Maker
    Martin McKeay is bad at getting his bio to the panel moderator, and feasts on unicorns. Clearly he's been in Britain too long. Martin is a Senior Security Advocate at Akamai, joining the company in 2011. As a member of Akamai's Security Intelligence Team, he is responsible for researching security threats, customer education and industry intelligence. With over fifteen years of experience in the security space and five years of direct Payment Card Industry work, McKeay has provided expertise to hundreds of companies. He is also the author of the Network Security Blog and hosted the Network Security Podcast for many years. He writes for the Security Intelligence Blog and InfoSecurity Magazine.
  • Tenable Network Security - Recruiting - Tenable Network Security
    At Tenable, we are all about innovation, creativity and purpose, with a passion for designing solutions that change people's lives and make a difference in the world. Network security is one of the world's fastest growing fields, and our fresh ideas and proven products are revolutionizing the industry. We have big plans for continued global growth in 2016 and beyond, and we are looking for people who are creative, adaptable and passionate about helping us build something great - something that matters.
  • Joshua Corman - Founder - I am The Cavalry
    Joshua Corman is a Founder of I am The Cavalry (dot org) and Director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative for the Atlantic Council. Corman previously served as CTO for Sonatype, Director of Security Intelligence for Akamai, and in senior research & strategy roles for The 451 Group and IBM Internet Security Systems. He co-founded @RuggedSoftware and @IamTheCavalry to encourage new security approaches in response to the world's increasing dependence on digital infrastructure. Josh's unique approach to security in the context of human factors, adversary motivations and social impact has helped position him as one of the most trusted names in security. He also serves as adjunct faculty for Carnegie Mellon's Heinz College and on the 2016 HHS Cybersecurity Task Force.
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