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Find Your Tribe

December 17, 2019


Even in an exciting cybersecurity career, long work hours, a seemingly constant sense of urgency, and often high dependency on certain roles can be a cause of extreme stress if not well managed. Rick McElroy, head of Security Strategy at Carbon Black, advocates for mental health resources within the workplace and emphasizes the importance of unplugging, exploring hobbies, and finding your support tribe.

Until recently, mental health wasn't getting talked about. I think over the last two years, there's certainly been an encourager movement out of the major conferences to include things like community tracks and have speakers that talk on these topics. But lots of people don't like to share their fears or failures, right? So, I think we need to do a bit more of that because they're all lessons learned for everybody. I think a lot of it had to do with us just not sharing as a community and facilitating those types of discussions. But I think that has started to change.
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Rick McElroy

Rick McElroy, Head of Security Strategy for Carbon Black, has 20 years of information security experience educating and advising organizations on reducing their risk posture and tackling tough security challenges. He has held security positions with the U.S. Department of Defense, and in several industries including retail, insurance, entertainment, cloud computing, and higher education.

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