Cybersecurity is a global, complex and pervasive challenge for corporations from Fortune 100 to startups. Securing mission critical information and data assets has moved beyond being an isolated “IT issue” to landing as the lead agenda item at F100 board meetings and an issue that spans the entire enterprise, involving Risk, Finance, Communications, Legal, Operations and beyond. As the world becomes increasingly connected via IOT; automated via machine learning, predictive analytics, robotics and artificial intelligence; business decisions today need to be rooted in data. For CEOs and Boards to achieve the right balance between securing assets, enabling collaboration and growth, they must have a foundation of data.

While the large responsibility to manage risk is always shared with the business, our clients attention is turning more and more to the cybersecurity leader.  In various forms (Chief Information Security Officer, Chief Information Risk Officer, Chief Security Officer, VP Information Security, Chief Trust Officer), this executive must face down increasingly numerous and sophisticated threats, secure both the enterprise and its external products/solutions, report to the board/committees on a regular basis, and position security as both a risk to be mitigated, and a strategic asset to be leveraged.

Heidrick & Struggles’ Cybersecurity Practice is driving integrated talent solutions, including executive search, leadership assessment, and culture shaping to organizations looking to leverage security as a strategic asset.  Our professionals work across functions, industries, and geographies to help clients more comprehensively identify and develop exceptional leaders across the security spectrum — from cybersecurity to operational risk to physical and corporate security.  Our clients CISO roles report to CEOs, CIOs, Chief Risk Officers, General Counsels and others.

As your executive talent needs become more complex, our reach into both the business side of cybersecurity as well as the role-based requirements of security leaders ensures that we provide a broad and diverse candidate pool in every executive search.

We have confirmed more than 390 engagements across all practices since 2015, including placement of executives in senior roles in information security, Fortune 500 board placements, corporate security, enterprise risk, and operational risk.


Matt Aiello Matt Aiello Partner
Adam Vaughan Adam Vaughan Partner
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