Wanted: Effective CISOs who (happily) stay longer


Most security leaders change organisations every few years. The reality is that people leave jobs for many reasons. Here’s why this often becomes a problem for enterprises, the CISO or both.

For Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) and other security leaders, the grass often looks greener on the other side of the fence. But is it really?

No doubt, new professional opportunities are plentiful within the cybersecurity industry for those with the right skills and experience. Is switching organisations (when the going gets tough or the price is right) always the best road to take? Career decisions can be difficult to make and usually include a complex mix of working relationships, team chemistry, total remuneration packages and the whole work/ life balance.

Meanwhile, both the public and private sectors have grown accustomed to a revolving door regarding security leadership. Some executives write this problem off as an inability to offer the right pay packages to keep top talent. Other times, security leaders get forcibly removed as the “fall person” after an embarrassing data breach or a major cyber incident or a wider management shake-up.

The reality is that people leave jobs for many reasons. Nevertheless, why do security leaders tend to switch jobs more often than most other professionals? This article from CSO Magazine lists the top reasons that CISOs leave…Click here to read full article.