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CISOs Have Limited Corporate Influence, Accenture Reports

July 12, 2018 / Sean Michael Kerner

An Accenture study reveals that chief information security officers are lacking authority and visibility to effect change within their organizations. Chief information security officers are responsible for developing and establishing cyber-security strategies and policies with their organizations. Yet, according to a new study from Accenture Security, many organizations don't give their CISOs the resources they need and few CISOs have the required influence within enterprises to effect change. The Securing the Future Enterprise Study Today-2018 report was released on July 10 and is based on a survey of 1,460 C-level executives. Among the highlights of the 36-page report is that 73 percent of respondents agree that cyber-security staff and activities need to be dispersed throughout an enterprise, yet 74 percent noted that cyber-security today is largely a centralized activity.