3 Ways To Battle Imposter Syndrome In Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity is tough
No way to escape it
Despite the rich career paths and job satisfaction it offers. . this is not a field that is designed for every type of person
Burnout and high levels of stress are pretty common, especially in those areas that are at the forefront of fighting cybercrime
But one area that is not brought up often enough is that of the imposter syndrome within cybersecurity
“People who struggle with imposter syndrome believe that they are undeserving of their achievements and the high esteem in which they are, in fact, generally held. They feel that they aren’t as competent or intelligent as others might think — and that soon enough, people will discover the truth about them” — https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/basics/imposter-syndrome
While quite common in tech .. Imposter syndrome can be a paralyzing fear in cybersecurity, often more dangerous than your everyday hacker or malware!
Take one example : Sarah
She was an entry-level cybersecurity analyst who started her first job at a top firm.
In her first meeting, she was surrounded by people MUCH more experienced than her who were discussing a way to mitigate a recent threat that had emerged.
Despite knowing the best way to approach the situation .. she could not muster up the courage to speak.
A voice kept telling her she would get exposed as a phony if she spoke.
This is, unfortunately, quite common in Cybersecurity
Due to the highly dynamic nature of the industry and the steep learning curve .. loads of professionals feel overwhelmed and struggle with feelings of being a “phony.”
The good news is that there ARE ways to combat this
Here are three simple ones