When a cyber attack occurs, a CISO may be vilified, shamed and ultimately fired. All it takes is one failure to spot a bug, or one insecure process to precipitate a devastating breach.

Of course, many people are responsible for vetting and verifying a CISO’s decisions, but it’s easy for organizations to turn a CISO into ‘the fall guy/gal’.

In spite of the precarious nature of the position, statistics indicate that on the whole, 92% of CISOs are ‘thrilled’ by their work, and 90% are internally motivated to continue.

Says one CISO, echoing the sentiments of many, “It can be a thankless, never-ending job, and the stress is relentless at times. But we continue to serve because for many of us, it’s not a job—it’s a calling”.

However, even the most knowledgeable of experts who put forth their best efforts may not be capable of thwarting all vulnerabilities.

Should you ever find yourself on the chopping block, it is worth knowing that your next organization may see your breach experience a plus rather than a black mark against you. According to Healthcare IT News, 58% of seasoned CISOs assert that their battle scars increase their probability of receiving a new job offer.

Now that you know what worked well and what didn’t in terms of preventing a breach, your knowledge will enable you to stay one step ahead of the cyber criminals.

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