"Our exclusive research into the current condition of the CSO role
reveals big progress is being made, but the outlook is far from rosy..."
On paper, in many ways, the state of the CSO appears to be improving. Budgets in many enterprises appear to be headed in the right direction: up. So is staffing. CSOs are also getting to do what they've wanted to do for a decade and are spending more time with the top executives in their organizations.
Yet the question remains, are enterprises getting the results they need? That's tough to say. Attacks are becoming more sophisticated, which in turn requires more complex strategies for securing data. For instance, the most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report found that financially motivated cybercrime and state-affiliated espionage campaigns comprise 95 percent of all attacks. And breaches remain undetected for weeks, months and even years.