CISO Position Burnout Causes High Churn Rate
SearchSercurity, May 1st, 2020
May 10, 2020,
Volume 266, Issue 1

The nature of the CISO role can take a toll, say industry vets, with frustration and stress contributing to high turnover rates and burnout. Learn how to make it work

"John Masserini has had a long and distinguished career as a high-profile CISO, working first for Dow Jones, then the Miami International Securities Exchange and now Millicom Telecommunications in Miami," writes Alissa Irei in SearchSercurity.

"But at one time, he felt so burned out that he said he left the tech industry for a year to run a gas station.

CISO position burnout is a real thing, Masserini said. "When I came back, I was determined to never get like that again."

Research from Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) suggests that, on average, a CISO lasts just two to four years on the job before moving on to another position -- and many point to cybersecurity burnout as a top driver of CISO churn. In another report, from security firm Nominet, 88% of CISOs reported being "moderately or tremendously stressed," with 48% saying the role has negatively affected their mental health..."

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