Gartner research reveals the good and bad habits of CISOs

Technology Decisions

A survey by Gartner has revealed that only 12% of chief information security officers (CISOs) excel in all four categories of the Gartner CISO Effectiveness Index. The 2020 Gartner CISO Effectiveness Survey was conducted among 129 heads of information risk functions across all industries globally in January 2020.

Gartner determines CISO effectiveness by a CISO’s ability to execute against a set of outcomes in the four categories of functional leadership, information security delivery, scaled governance and enterprise responsiveness. Effective CISOs are defined as those who score in the top one-third of the CISO effectiveness measure. Sam Olyaei, Research Director at Gartner, noted that today’s CISOs must demonstrate a higher level of effectiveness than ever before.

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