Life Inside the Perimeter: Understanding the Modern CISO

Nominet’s Life Inside the Perimeter: Understanding the Modern CISO report focuses on the external and internal stresses and pressures facing a modern CISO.

This report is based on a Nominet-commissioned survey of 408 CISOs in the UK and US, each overseeing the cyber security of businesses with an average of just under 9,000 employees.

The key findings were:

  • A quarter of CISOs worldwide suffer from physical or mental health issues due to stress
  • Almost a third fear for their jobs
  • Many feel that other board members don’t recognise the inevitability of attacks
  • More than half lack budget or resources to deal with growing threat landscape

Feeling under-valued and under-supported and under-resourced the report highlights the personal aspects of a role that is growing in importance to the organisation yet.

Only half (52%) of CISOs feel the executive teams value the security team from a revenue and brand protection standpoint. Worryingly, almost one-in-five (18%) believe their board members are indifferent to the security team, or see them as an inconvenience.

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