The need to defend company networks can pile on stress for the security community. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Kaspersky Lab )

For security professionals, stress comes with the territory.

But it’s hard to deny that the last year-and-a-half has been perhaps the most stressful and challenging period in the history of cybersecurity. COVID-19 threatened lives, livelihoods and companies' security as employees migrated en masse to a work-from-home model. The SolarWinds supply chain attack, escalating ransomware incidents, and the ProxyLogon Microsoft Exchange exploits only further compounded matters.