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Ransomware’s wrath: IT pros’ suffering in the human battlefield

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– Ransomware attacks have a significant impact on the mental and physical health of IT professionals and cyber security staff.
– IT and cyber security staff often experience stress, anxiety, and burnout when responding to ransomware incidents, and some have required sick leave or therapy as a result.
– Senior management often treats ransomware as a purely technical issue, which can create additional pressure and guilt for IT staff.
– Overreactions from senior management and public shaming by the cyber security community can contribute to a culture of fear and shame among affected IT professionals.
– It is important for organizations to prioritize the physical and mental health of staff during and after ransomware incidents, including providing time for rest and counseling services.
– Protecting the well-being of IT and cyber security professionals is crucial for maintaining overall cyber security and resilience.

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