Executives from security company Kaspersky speak at a global partner conference about information security is a key business success factor – a reality that is starting to shine a brighter spotlight on security chiefs. (Ian Gavan/Getty Images for Kaspersky Lab )

Cybersecurity garnered far more attention in executive boardrooms and among regulators and insurance underwriters during the last couple years, thanks to both an increasing volume of attacks and growing demand for digital transformation. With that, evidence shows, comes a far brighter spotlight on the role of the chief information security officer.

While technically part of the c-suite, CISOs historically received less attention within a company than your average CEO or chief financial officer. Their work tends be invisible when successful, they’re less likely to speak up in all-hands meetings, and less than half of employees can even name their top security executive.

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