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CISO Compensation and Budget Benchmark Survey


Your input into the 2024-2025 CISO survey is valuable to us and the security industry.​ ​

The results, from you and over 600 of your peers, enable you to make data-driven decisions around your compensation, the budget, and your career development to meet the needs of your organization.​

The annual survey – now in its fifth year, is developed in partnership with Executive Cyber Recruiters Steve Martano (also an IANS Faculty member) and Matt Comyns of Artico Search. You’ll find new features like an improved survey experience along with new topics, like emerging CISO trends. Popular topics returning in 2024 include questions related to:

  • Your CISO role – your experience, compensation and executive visibility
  • The infosec budget – the size of the budget of IT and YoY growth
  • The security org – number of staff and compensation levels for key leadership roles
  • Your company profile – the industry and approximate revenue

As a valued respondent, you will be the first to receive the series of in-depth reports on security leadership and org models, staff compensation, and industry-specific reports in the coming months.

The resulting data analysis and reports will include:

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A cross-industry overview of CISO compensation

Compare your compensation with your peer group.

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Market-validated benchmarking for security budgets

Secure the necessary resources for your program.

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Staffing and Org insights for key reporting roles

Access market data to guide staffing and org design strategies.

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CISO board and

Compare peer board
interaction frequency
with impacts on
job satisfaction.

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IT and security convergence trends

Understand shifts in CISOs' IT domain ownership due to compliance and digital transformation.

"In light of on-going SEC reporting, pressures and challenges – and the fact that 50% of CISO have limited or no interaction with the Board – will CISO job satisfaction hold or continue to decline?"

- Phil Gardner, Founder & CEO of IANS

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About IANS Research

For the security practitioner caught between rapidly evolving threats and demanding executives, IANS Research is a clear-headed resource for making decisions and articulating risk. We provide experience-based security insights for chief information security officers and their teams. The core of our value comes from the IANS Faculty, a network of seasoned practitioners. We support client decisions and executive communications with Ask-an-Expert inquiries, our peer community, deployment-focused reports, tools and templates, and consulting.

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About Artico Search

Artico Search’s team of executive recruiters focuses on a “grow and protect” model, recruiting senior go-to-market and security executives in growth venture, private equity and public companies. Artico’s dedicated security practice delivers CISOs and other senior level information security professionals for a diverse set of clients.