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Management and Leadership

2021 CISO Compensation Benchmark Report

by IANS + Artico

Over the past 12 months, the CISO role experienced a boost in both visibility and prominence. As a result, the demand for CISO talent grew even stronger, and with it the need for CISOs to understand their market value and how their compensation compares to their peers.

Our second annual CISO Compensation study, jointly fielded with Artico Search, offers objective insights and comprehensive compensation data from 458 CISOs across the U.S. and Canada.

Download a summary version of our benchmark study to find key compensation information for CISOs, including:

  • A market overview of total annual CISO compensation
  • Comparisons of CISO compensation across key industries
  • Variances in the distribution of CISO compensation across the U.S. and Canada
  • Survey results measuring CIOSs in remote vs. in-office environments 
  • How female CISO compensation compares with their male counterparts

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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.