A Pulse On Mental Health In The Cyber Industry, - Episode 2

Sunsets & Snowdrifts Cybersecurity Podcast: Episode 2- A Pulse on Mental Health

Sunsets & Snowdrifts – A Pulse On Mental Health In The Cyber Industry

Welcome back to “Sunsets & Snowdrifts,” the new podcast venture from cybersecurity veterans Michael Kennedy, founder of Ostra Cybersecurity, and Evan Francen, CEO of SecurityStudio. Together with Frank Gurnee, Channel Director at SecurityStudio, this illustrious trio injects honesty and transparency into the cybersecurity conversation.

In this episode, titled “A Pulse On Mental Health In The Cyber Industry,” our discussion broadens to encompass not only the mental health challenges within the cybersecurity field but also practical cybersecurity best practices critical for businesses of all sizes. Evan and Kennedy stress the imperative of incorporating robust security measures like Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) and endpoint protection.

They highlight how Managed Service Providers (MSPs) play a pivotal role in educating their Small and Medium Business (SMB) clients about cybersecurity essentials, such as conducting regular security audits, implementing secure remote access, and training employees on safe online practices. This effort takes on added significance during National Small Business Week when this episode was first broadcast live.

May, recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month, serves as a fitting backdrop for an in-depth examination of how cyber, IT, and business leaders can prioritize the mental well-being of their employees. Our hosts advocate for a leadership style rooted in empathy and authenticity, emphasizing the transformative power of understanding employees not just professionally but also on a personal level.

They promote creating a workplace culture that encourages open dialogue about mental health, suggesting that leaders should lead by example, sharing their own experiences and normalizing conversations about feelings and challenges. Francen and Kennedy also discuss how helping employees find purpose in their work can significantly bolster their motivation and overall job satisfaction, underlining the idea that discovering one’s purpose can be profoundly fulfilling.

This episode underscores the interconnectedness of cybersecurity practices and mental health advocacy, illustrating that safeguarding an organization’s digital assets and fostering a healthy work environment go hand in hand.

As the conversation comes to a close, Francen and Kennedy call for leaders in the cybersecurity industry to prioritize mental health in their organizations and lead by example, creating a positive ripple effect throughout the entire industry.  

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