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.