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Management and Leadership

State of the CISO, 2023–2024 Benchmark Summary Report

by IANS + Artico

Tightening budgets, increased breach volumes, advanced AI tools and new SEC mandates - 2024 brings a unique mix of challenges and opportunities for CISOs. Navigating an exceptionally complex landscape, CISOs are having to do more with less and risk personal legal exposure. 

The upside? CISOs can leverage this pivotal time as a unique chance to shape leadership perspectives and secure their position in executive ranks. 

IANS and Artico Search surveyed 1,195 CISOs, cybersecurity leaders and staff as part of our fourth annual 2023 CISO Compensation and Budget Benchmark Study. In our State of the CISO, 2023–2024 report, we compile the findings and provide an analysis of how the CISO role has evolved in the past year, CISO job satisfaction and job market dynamics. 

Garner insights into the current state of the CISO. Find data and analysis that provides clarity into your own situation and prepare arguments for driving change inside your organization. Download the summary version of our benchmark report to learn: 

  • CISO role characteristics: Review role breakdowns by level, background, and comp to compare with evolving landscapes.
  • CISO-board engagement: See frequency by company size and level, as well as CISO expectations for board guidance.
  • CISO leadership skill development: Find ways to strengthen your soft skills to bring a strong voice to executive meetings.
  • CISO job satisfaction levels: See satisfaction levels over time to parallel with new CISO challenges and opportunities.
  • Expert perspectives on the data: Hear expert CISO and Artico exec perspectives to contextualize the data and provide actionable guidance.

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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.