A message from the authors
Welcome to our 2022 Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Survey, which examines both organizational structure and compensation for this increasingly critical role.
For this report, Heidrick & Struggles compiled organizational and compensation data from a survey fielded in Spring 2022 of 327 CISOs around the world.
Most carried the title of chief information security officer, but respondents also include chief security officers and senior information security executives.
The numbers of respondents varied significantly in different countries. This report includes organizational data from respondents in the United States, Europe, and Asia Pacific, and compensation data for respondents in the United States, the United Kingdom, and, for the first time, Germany. We expect
to be able to report more fully on additional countries in future years.
We hope you enjoy reading the report, which remains the only one of its kind. As always, suggestions are welcome, so please feel free to contact us—or your Heidrick & Struggles representative—with questions and comments.
With warmest regards
In an online survey, we asked participants to provide information on how their role is structured,
to whom they report and who reports to them, and data on compensation including current
base salary, bonus for the most recent fiscal year, and annualized equity or long-term incentive pay,
as well as joining bonuses. All data collected was self-reported by information security professionals
and has been aggregated.