Why Do Chief Security Officers Leave Jobs So Often?


Dan Lohrmann

Is it time to look elsewhere?

Everyone knows that cybersecurity is a red-hot career field, and chief security officers (or chief information security officers in many organizations) are the ones leading the online security defense. So how can we explain the current situation where about 24 percent of Fortune 500 CISOs last just one year, according to Cybercrime Magazine?

Digging deeper, the average tenure of a CISO is just 26 months, according to ZDNet.

But why? What happens? Or, what does not happen?

Of course every security leader’s situation is unique. Still, there are certainly trends occurring that go back more than a decade. So what are the most common patterns, stories, incidents and relationship problems?

The conventional wisdom says the reasons that CISOs lose their jobs is that when...

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