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2021 CISO Staff Compensation Benchmark Summary Report

by IANS + Artico

In response to broad market trends—cyber attacks that are more public and causing greater damage—organizations are investing in their security programs to make them more extensive.

For most organizations, depending on industry, size and type, that means adding staff and rounding out managerial roles responsible for the critical functions of the security agenda. They include security operations, governance, risk and compliance (GRC), and architecture and engineering.

Our second annual benchmark study, jointly fielded with Artico Search, offers objective insights and a deep dive into the staffing rates and compensation levels from 373 CISOs who shared compensation data for 1,005 staff across these four key functional areas.

Download a summary version of our benchmark report to access compensation data for key security staff, including:

  • Staffing rates for heads of security operations, GRC, architecture and engineering and product security
  • An overall view of total compensation across these key functional department heads
  • Variances in compensation rates at the top and bottom of each function role


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