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Management and Leadership

2023 Security Organization & Compensation Benchmark Report

by IANS + Artico

In anticipation of the needs of the wider organization, CISOs must make org and staffing decisions which are dynamic and influenced by market conditions, growth objectives, acquisition strategies and regulatory changes.

The 2023 Security Organization and Compensation Benchmark Study is a deep dive into organizational design and compensation for security leader roles one level down from the CISO.

IANS annual benchmark study, jointly fielded with Artico Search, provides objective and comprehensive data collected from 1,195 CISOs, cybersecurity leaders and staff. Use this analysis of three commonly implemented security org models to build and refine your cybersecurity organization, and better align your security agenda with company growth.

Download a summary version of our Security Org and Comp Benchmark Report to access the following data and insights:

  • Three distinct security org designs: Detailed models include management layers, functional roles, team sizes, and comp data benchmarks.
  • Comp averages and key leadership data: Comparisons across orgs for SecOps, GRC, A&E, IAM, AppSec, product security and DCISO roles.
  • Industry-specific org charts: Analysis of security leadership at various company growth stages, benchmarked for five sectors.
  • Expert data and perspectives: Guidance from Artico Search to hire and retain key leadership based on comp trends and market insights.


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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.