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Management and Leadership

CISOs as Board Directors, CISO Board Readiness Analysis

by IANS + Artico + The CAP Group

New SEC rule changes will require public companies to disclose the cybersecurity expertise of board members, as well as governance practices in overseeing the cybersecurity risk. On most boards, cyber understanding is insufficient with recent research revealing that most companies lack even a single board director with cybersecurity expertise. CISOs appear to be logical candidates to fill this gap, but the question is whether CISOs possess the qualifications to serve as effective board members.

Download our research report, fielded together with Artico Search and The CAP Group, to find key insights and actionable guidance for companies and aspiring board ready CISOs, including:

  • An overview of the upcoming SEC Cyber Rules and the impact on public companies
  • 5 key traits common among existing board CISOs
  • An examination of the current state of board readiness among R1000 CISOs
  • Recommendations for companies contemplating CISOs for board roles
  • Guidance for CISOs seeking directorship positions


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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.


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.

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About The CAP Group

The CAP Group works with directors and officers who want pragmatic cybersecurity advice.  Founded in 2017 and based in Dallas, Texas, the firm supports clients ranging in size from global Fortune 500 to regional G2000. CAP devises effective strategies for providing critical asset protection leveraging advisor backgrounds.