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Is Infosec Getting More Stressful?

Most IT professionals are stressed out at work, a recent survey suggests. Information security pros are especially stressed, thanks to growing levels of unpredictability.

It's no secret that many IT professionals find their work stressful. According to a recent survey, 79 percent of IT admins are considering leaving their jobs due to work-related stress.

A Reddit discussion of the survey drew more than 600 comments, some from folks who sound as if they are at the breaking point. User gnarlesincharge, for example, referred to his job as "a gut wrenching roller coaster of stress most days."

While many IT pros seem stressed, are information security professionals even more stressed than most?

Out of Control

Jobs with high levels of unpredictability are stressful, especially for people who enjoy being able to control their environments, said Jack Nichelson, global information security and network manager for Ohio-based manufacturer GrafTech International. That description...(continued)

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