InfoSec Reports and Insights

Explore our series of research reports containing the latest benchmark data and market insights. With each piece you’ll find actionable guidance and takeaways to help you and your security team make more informed decisions.

CISO compensation is increasing, but not immune to macro-economic challenges and slower security budget growth. Funding for cyber talent also took a hit. Fewer companies initiated a CISO search, resulting in a tightened market for CISO talent. Ongoing market turbulence makes it harder for CISOs to know where they stand.

As such, CISOs want to know how their overall compensation, perks and job satisfaction compares to those of their peers.

Find objective insights and cross-industry CISO Compensation survey data from over 600 CISOs across the U.S. and Canada in this report.

In 2023, the global macroeconomic uncertainty and recessionary fears led to significant cuts in enterprise spending, pressures which created a challenging security budgeting environment.  

Download the report to find objective insights and cross-industry security budget survey data from over 550 CISOs across the U.S. and Canada, including data on overall security budgets, breakdowns by industry, security budget as a percentage of IT budget, and the key factors influencing budget allocations. 

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2023 Security Organization and Compensation Benchmark Summary Report

The success of an organization’s security strategy depends on both the proper sizing of the security team and the caliber of the talent within it.  

Download this benchmark report to gain key insights on security org design and compensation for security leader roles one level down from the CISO. Security leaders can use this data to help make more informed decisions about team formation and talent recruitment. 

Find objective insights and cross-industry security organization survey data from over 660 CISOs across the U.S. and Canada in this report.

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State of the CISO, 2023–2024 Benchmark Summary Report

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? Increased pressure on organizations gives CISOs more leeway to influence business leadership along with an unprecedented opportunity to argue for a place in the executive ranks.

Download this benchmark summary report to garner objective insights, cross-industry survey data and market trends from over 660 CISOs regarding their background, job level, compensation, board engagement and job satisfaction.

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Compensation, Budget and Satisfaction Benchmark for CISOs in Financial Services Summary Report

Infosec leaders have been facing a talent shortage for years. Growing financial demands and mounting responsibilities force CISOs to do more with less, making hiring and retention a critical topic.

Feedback from CISOs centers on a common theme: Typical corporate bands and role categorizations often do not align with the infosec talent market.

Download this benchmark summary report to garner objective insights, cross-industry survey data and market trends from over 560 Infosec staff regarding their background, job level, compensation, gender diversity and job satisfaction as well as insights from over 100 CISOs.

The Compensation, Budget and Satisfaction Benchmark for CISOs in Financial Services, 2023–2024

The financial services sector is known for its mature cyber programs, driven by strict regulations, a constant high cyber threat level, and low-risk profiles. This industry’s high level of cyber sophistication helps to drive and influence market trends in CISO compensation, security budgets and satisfaction levels.

Download this industry-specific benchmark report to garner objective insights, cross-industry survey data and market trends from CISOs in the Financial Services industry regarding background, job level, compensation, board engagement and job satisfaction as well as breakouts for four financial services subsectors.

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CISOs as Board Directors, CISO Board Readiness Analysis

Upcoming SEC Cyber Rules will require public companies to publicly disclose the cybersecurity expertise of the board directors. On most boards, cyber understanding is insufficient and will likely result in a search for a board director with proven cybersecurity expertise. CISOs appear to be logical candidates to fill this gap, but questions remain as to whether CISOs possess the qualifications to serve as effective board members.

Download this report to access research-backed findings on the preferred traits of candidates for companies and aspiring board-ready CISOs.

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