Today’s columnist, Christopher Muffat of Dathena, offers CISOs ideas on doing more with less from his experiences working as a security leader at Barclays and other organizations. ell brown CreativeCommons (Credit: CC BY 2.0)

Even before the coronavirus pandemic, being a chief information security officer (CISO) was a tough job. According to one recent survey, nine out of 10 C-level information security execs are stressed out, leaving half with mental health issues and one-third with physical health problems. The average CISO lasts barely two years before they burn out and seek a less stressful role. 

Now, the coronavirus pandemic has raised the stakes still further, with cybercriminals launching a flurry of attacks against struggling organizations, and remote work creating countless new vulnerabilities that CISOs have had to patch. With organizations tightening their belts, more than 70 percent of CISOs believe their budgets will shrink in 2021. Already, many are shelving much-needed upgrades or grappling with hiring freezes and staffing cuts as they struggle to cope with the new challenges they’re facing.

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