I came across the Voice of the SOC Analyst poll , conducted by Tines, where 468 current SOC Analysts from organizations with at least 500 employees were polled. The results proved burnout is perhaps even more widespread than I had originally thought, with 71% of the analysts polled admitting to experience some level of burnout, and 47.6% of them admitting to feel very burned out at work.
In this article I wanted to share my take on why burnout is so widespread on SOC and other blue teams around the globe, and what can be done about it.
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If you are trying to join the infosec industry, or are part of it already but you are looking to expand your knowledge/skills, I am sure you have heard blanket statements when it came to choosing an area of focus. I am referring to sentences like “You need to learn linux”, or “You have to know networking”, or “You have to focus on coding”. While most people will only have good intentions, sharing these very broad opinions with no further guideance or context can be counterproductive for an industry desperately searching for new talent. I am of the opinion that we do not check often enough how low or high the barrier of entrance is when it comes to learning fundamentals on ever-growing pillars of our industry.