CISOs in demand as threats of cyberattacks grow

U.S. companies, including those in the healthcare sector, increasingly are hiring chief information security officers (CISOs) who understand business and risk management, according to Reuters. Cardinal Health CIO Patty Morrison said the healthcare services company was looking to hire a vice president of security to bring in "new talent and new ideas," for example.

The networks and Internet-connected devices of healthcare organizations--from hospitals to insurance carriers to pharmaceutical companies--are being compromised at an "alarming" rate, according to analysis of malicious traffic by The SANS Institute, as FierceHealthIT reported earlier this year.

And the massive data breaches at Target and eBay could be a taste of what's in store for the healthcare industry, according to a report from security rating firm BitSight Technology, FierceHealthIT reported this week. Healthcare experienced the largest growth in security incidents during the study period--and also had the slowest response rate.

CISO pay, according to the Reuters report, can range from $200,000 to $700,000 a year; at large tech corporations, compensation can go as high as $2 million. Article