Gartner Research

Understand the Role of an Interim External CISO

Published: 24 January 2014

ID: G00251148

Analyst(s): Tom Scholtz


Using a temporary chief information security officer from outside the organization is, in certain circumstances, an effective tactical solution to security leadership challenges. Senior business and IT leaders must weigh the pros and cons of an interim CISO, and the risk of leaving the role vacant.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Understand Your Reasons for Using an Interim CISO
  • Decide How Much Time the Interim CISO Will Spend Working on Your Account
  • Carefully Consider and Manage the Risk of Using an Interim CISO
  • Treat It as a Transitional Strategy
  • Find an Interim CISO

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