MH Global CISO Research Report 2022

by James Larkin, Brandy Russell, Olivia Westbrook-Gold, Max Mettelman, Ben Rodgers, Mollie Rochelle & Sarah Cullen

With the world on the precipice of a global recession, our new report, Global Snapshot: The CISO in 2022, shows little sign of slowdown in the changeable cybersecurity field.

Key findings included in the report:

  • 45% of global CISOs have been in their current role for two years or less, down from 53% in 2021, with 18% turnover year-on-year. While there is still a lot of movement in the CISO seat, there is potentially some stabilization emerging.
  • Approximately 62% of global CISOs were hired from another company, indicating a slight increase in the number of CISOs hired internally (38% were hired internally compared to 36% in 2021) but a large gap remains in appropriate successors.
  • 36% of CISOs analyzed with a graduate degree received a higher degree in business administration or management. This is down 10% from last year (46% in 2021). Conversely, there has been an increase to 61% of CISOs receiving a higher degree in STEM subjects (up from 46% in 2021).
  • CISOs are still more likely to serve on advisory boards or industry bodies than on the board of directors.
  • Only 13% of the global CISOs analyzed are women; approximately 20% are non-white. Each diversity dimension analyzed is down one percentage point year-on-year.

The report is based on research of CISOs at 470 of the world’s largest organisations and semi-structured interviews with information security leaders of Fortune 500 and large, privately held companies in North America and Europe.

For the full report, click here.

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