We’re thrilled to announce that Bugcrowd has a brand new report, Inside the Mind of a CISO. This report analyzes over 200 survey responses from CISOs and security leaders around the world to better understand the evolving, nuanced role of the CISO.

Download the report to see what other CISOs are saying about their biggest priorities and challenges, how they approach AI, and the expanding similarities between CISOs and the hacking community.

This magazine-style report features eight articles that span over data-driven deep dives, CISO spotlights, infographics, and thought pieces. The articles discuss topics like how CISOs are tackling AI, the current security hiring landscape, CISOs’ top concerns, the biggest CISO myths, advice for aspiring CISOs, and the offensive security path to becoming a CISO.

We were interested to see several areas where CISOs are leaning on ethical hackers more than ever before. For example, two thirds of security leaders believe that security professionals experience burnout at a higher rate. By leveraging the Crowd, CISOs can extend the reach of their overburdened teams without the resources required for additional full-time headcount. Another area where hackers are helping fill the gaps on teams is for AI defense. 70% of security leaders use crowdsourced security methods such as pen testing or bug bounty engagements for AI defense.


Key Learnings


The report is full of great insights, but here are a few key takeaways from Inside the Mind of a CISO.


1. Security is a competitive advantage.

Security is more than just a best practice—it is a competitive advantage. As threats become more serious and more ubiquitous, consumers are becoming more aware of the importance of security, and they use this as a factor in their buying decisions. As the C-suite and boards continue to recognize this fact, the pressure will be on security leaders to deliver a superior security experience.


2. AI is controversial, but it’s here to stay.

The jury is still out on how exactly security teams need to approach AI as a tool, a target, and a threat. Teams are leveraging AI, which is already starting to affect headcounts, but many leaders are hesitant to become early adopters of AI. The one consensus is that AI is here, and it is the responsibility of security leaders to quickly build their AI strategy.


3. Security leadership requires diverse skill sets and experience.

CISOs need experience in many different types of security roles to best build a cohesive strategy and know how to prioritize resources. Their teams also need these varied skill sets. This is one reason why partnering with ethical hackers is so popular among CISOs—it gives organizations access to countless skill sets without needing the resources to employ these experts full time.

Download the full report for more!