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As CISOs grapple with the C-suite, job satisfaction takes a hit

As CISOs grapple with the C-suite, job satisfaction takes a hit
Research found CISO job satisfaction has direct ties to how much — or little — access security leaders have to company management.

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Cybersecurity Dive reports that the annual compensation for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) ranges from $400,000 to $1 million. However, despite the high pay, job satisfaction among CISOs is declining. A report from IANS and Artico Search found that three in four CISOs considered a job change in 2023. CISOs are feeling the pressure of being held accountable for cybersecurity incidents and compliance violations, leading to burnout and dissatisfaction. This dissatisfaction can have significant implications for corporate security, including decreased effectiveness, retention challenges, cultural impact, and increased vulnerability. The lack of a defined leadership role for CISOs is contributing to the problem, with those who have more access to the company’s board of directors reporting higher job satisfaction. To address these issues, businesses must prioritize breaking down the barriers between CISOs and leadership by giving them a seat at the table for all board meetings and proactively discussing cybersecurity initiatives. The outlook for CISOs will depend on factors such as evolving cybersecurity threats, organizational priorities, regulatory changes, and the effectiveness of measures taken to address the job's challenges.