Who do CISOs report to?

In Pricewaterhouse-Coopers2011 Global State of Information Security Survey, people were asked who their CISO reports to. As this table shows, CIOs were the big losers over the past few years and CPOs were the big winners. I wasn’t surprised to see fewer CISOs reporting to CIOs, but I was quite surprised to see such a big increase in the number of CISOs reporting to CPOs.

Who CISO reports to

2007

2008

2009

2010

Three-year change

Chief Information Officer

38%

34%

32%

23%

-39%

Board of Directors

21%

24%

28%

32%

+52%

Chief Executive Officer

32%

34%

35%

36%

+13%

Chief Financial Officer

11%

11%

13%

15%

+36%

Chief Operating Officer

9%

10%

12%

15%

+67%

Chief Privacy Officer

8%

8%

14%

17%

+113%

Update: Yes, as a couple of alert readers have pointed out, that really should be "Whom do CSIOs report to."

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