Episode 34

Block’s Emanueal Mulatu on Reducing Burnout, Fostering Engagement, and Increasing Productivity in Security

On this week's episode of the Detection at Scale podcast, Jack talks with Emanueal Mulatu, Senior Engineering Manager - Detection & Response at Block. Together, they discuss what success means in security, the most rewarding things about security, and how to address and prevent one of the biggest challenges today: burnout. They also talk about ways to increase productivity through automation, the potential for AI and large language models, and why creating a great workplace starts with a healthy work-life balance.

Topics discussed:

  • The most rewarding things about security — like the relationships and trust you build — and the biggest challenges facing security today.
  • The value of building relationships across departments as well as with your customers.
  • How to recognize the root causes of burnout and address it through meaningful initiatives like fitness or reading challenges.
  • Why having a culture of writing can help with problem solving and collaboration.
  • Why automation is the biggest initiative that's increasing productivity and morale, and the opportunities that AI and LLMs will bring.
  • Advice for security leaders on how to build better workplaces focused on psychological safety and continuous learning.
  • How to define security success, especially through the eyes of the C suite.

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