2021 CISO Compensation and Security Budget Benchmark Reports



In 2021, we conducted a survey of CISOs across the U.S. and Canada as part of our second annual CISO Compensation and Security Budget Benchmark survey. The study, jointly fielded with Artico Search, features responses from over 450 CISOs across a diverse set of companies by size, geography and industry.

The resulting insights and comprehensive data sets are featured in a series of four benchmark reports.

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2021 CISO Compensation Benchmark Report

As the demand for CISO talent grows even stronger, so, too, does the need for CISOs to understand their market value and how their compensation compares to that of their peers.

This report offers objective insights and comprehensive compensation data from 458 CISOs across the U.S. and Canada.

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2021 Security Budget Benchmark Report

In 2021, security programs experienced a boost in visibility from both external exposure and internal scrutiny. The combination presents an opportunity for CISOs to make a case for additional resources. As such, CISOs want to know how their overall budget and budget allocations compare to those of their peers.

Find objective insights and cross-industry security budget survey data from 425 CISOs across the U.S. and Canada in this report.

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2021 Staff Compensation Benchmark Summary Report

2021 CISO Staff Compensation Benchmark Report

Organizations are investing in their security programs to make them more extensive—adding staff and rounding out managerial roles responsible for the critical functions of the security agenda. They include security operations, governance, risk and compliance (GRC), architecture and engineering and product security.

Find staffing levels and compensation data collected on over 1,000 security staff across these four key functional areas.

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2021 State of the CISO Report

With the ongoing evolution of cybersecurity, the role of the CISO continues to change. In this, the final report in our series from our 2021 CISO Compensation and Budget Study, you'll find first-party data collected from 458 CISOs on job satisfaction levels, reporting structures, the career path to the CISO position as well as insights from cybersecurity recruiting experts.

Download the benchmark report to access these findings.

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2021 State of the CISO Report
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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.