Gartner Research

8 Reasons More CEOs Will Be Fired Over Cybersecurity Incidents

Published: 15 March 2019

ID: G00382968

Analyst(s): Paul Proctor


Gartner research shows that CEOs are increasingly being blamed and punished as a result of cybersecurity-related events — even more so than IT executives. CIOs concerned with IT risk must help CEOs achieve greater defensibility with key stakeholders.

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  • Key Challenges



  • Reason #1: Invisible Systemic Risk
  • Reason #2: The Cultural Disconnect
  • Reason #3: Throwing Money at the Problem
  • Reason #4: Security Officers Are Treated as Defenders of the Organization
  • Reason #5: Broken Accountability
  • Reason #6: Poorly Formed Risk-Appetite Statements
  • Reason #7: Society
  • Reason #8: Lack of Transparency
  • Defensibility as a Key Opportunity to Address These Challenges
    • Defining Defensibility

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