56% of UK Businesses Plan to Hire a CISO
More than half (56%) of UK businesses plan to employ a chief information security officer (CISO) in the next 6-24 months to help protect them from surging cyber-attacks. This is according to a survey of 251 information security and IT professionals across 250 UK companies conducted by cloud provider Fastly.
The study revealed that only a quarter of businesses currently have a CISO, although there is significant variation across different industries. For example, 75% of organizations in the construction/engineering sector employ a CISO, followed by local/national government (60%) and aerospace (50%).
There was also a lack of clarity regarding the role and purpose of CISOs within organizations. For example, nearly a third (31%) of respondents believe CISOs should have an in-depth understanding of all areas of IT. Additionally, 23% said CISOs are stretched too thinly, 22% believe they are overworked, and 19% feel they are not good enough value for money.
Worryingly, a quarter claimed that CISOs are often blamed for things that aren’t their fault.
The respondents were also asked what they believed would be the security issues that would be costliest for UK businesses over the next five