What CIOs want from CISOs: Collaboration and no finger pointing

Two CIOs explain how they view their relationships with the security function, and why CISOs need to collaborate closely with CIOs whether they report into them or not.

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It’s not uncommon to see CSOs or CISOs reporting to the CEO rather than the CIO. While each company has its own reason for organizational and reporting structure, where that CSO sits and to whom they report to undoubtedly affects internal relationships within the company. That includes the critical relationship between CISO and CIO.

Speaking at the UK CIO Summit in London, two CIOs discuss their relationship with security and how their roles work with the security function.

CSOs rarely peers with the CIO in the UK

According to the results of the UK CIO 100 survey, around 65% of companies in the UK have a CISO or equivalent who reports to the CIO function. Just 12% of organizations say the CISO is a peer to the CIO, which, after a three-fold increase in recent years, has decreased slightly on last year’s figure.

This is behind the US, where the 2019 State of the CIO survey found nearly a quarter of CISOs or equivalents reported to the CEO – 43% of CSOs, 18% of CISOs – with just 45% reporting to the CIO. Wherever, they sit, however, CISO should endeavor to keep CIOs on their side.

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