Trends Report

Forrester Infographic: CISO Career Paths 2.0

February 10th, 2021
With contributors:
Joseph Blankenship , Melissa Bongarzone , Alexis Tatro , Peggy Dostie


This is a 2020 update of Forrester’s 2017 analysis of CISO backgrounds and current career profiles. We analyzed data from CISOs and heads of security in the Fortune 500 via LinkedIn to understand the competencies, experience, and education that qualify leaders to defend the world's largest companies. This report helps current CISOs identify their next challenge; execs looking to hire a CISO understand what to look for; and security pros wanting to become CISOs learn how to get from where they are to where they want to be.

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