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The State of the "C" in CISO

The State of the "C" in CISO

"Whether the 'C' in CISO is truly appropriate or just hand waving at a problem depends on the level of authority the CISO has in an organization and his/her interaction with executives," said Pete Lindstrom, research director, Security Products. "Because breaches often come full of 'stick' with very little 'carrot,' there can also be a backlash against security professionals. Luckily, this hasn't happened, and it appears that organizations are finally giving security and the attention they deserve."

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IDC Opinion
In This Study
Situation Overview
What Is the CISO's Level of Authority?
Have CISO's Been Invited to the Table?
How Strategic Is the Executive Team in Information Security Management?
How Often Do CISOs Face a Breach Disclosure Decision? Who Makes It?
Should CISOs Lose Sleep at Night?
Future Outlook
Essential Guidance
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Related Research
Appendix: Respondent Profile
Table: CISO Reporting Levels by Industry (% of Respondents)
Table: Comparison of Frequency and Effect Scores (% of Respondents)
Table: Key Security Drivers
Table: Breach Notification Frequency by Industry (% of Respondents)
Table: Breach Disclosure Disagreement by Industry (% of Respondents)
Table: CISO Career Outcomes: Actual Versus Anticipated (% of Respondents)
Figure: Distribution of CISO Reporting Levels
Figure: Distribution of Reporting Frequency for Management Levels
Figure: Respondents by Industry
Figure: Respondents by Total Revenue
Figure: Respondents by Number of Employees

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