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MH Global CISO Research Report 2021

by James Larkin, Philip Young, Grace Fording, Poppy Ellison & Olivia Westbrook-Gold

Our new report, Global Snapshot: The CISO in 2021, explores the cybersecurity function and the role of Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) as the world emerges into a post-pandemic reality.

Key findings included in the report:

  • 53% of global CISOs have been in their current role for two years or less, meaning they assumed a new position during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Approximately 64% of global CISOs were hired from another company, indicating that most organisations fall short when it comes to retaining a CISO successor.
  • There is a distinct lack of diversity within the cyber security function: only 14% of the global CISOs analysed are women and approximately 21% are non-white.

The report is based on research of CISOs at 400+ of the world’s largest organisations and direct feedback from Fortune 500 CISOs at organisations like Bank of America, Humana, TD Bank Group, Equifax, Credit Suisse and BT Security.

For the full report, click here.

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