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Management and Leadership

2021 State of the CISO Report

by IANS + Artico

With the ongoing evolution of information security, the role of the CISO continues to transform and mature. For the top security position, no two roles are alike, and CISOs are keen to understand how their roles compare to those of their peers.

As part of our second annual CISO Compensation and Budget survey, jointly fielded with Artico Search, we collected first-party data from 458 CISOs across the U.S. and Canada to dive deeper into the role of the CISO.

Download the summary version of our report to:

  • Access job satisfaction data and the relevant contributing factors.
  • Find contextual information on CISO's background and experience, reporting structures and organization rank.
  • Understand the scope of security functions CISOs oversee.
  • Garner key job market insights and anecdotes from leading cybersecurity recruiters.


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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.