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New Study Reveals CISOs are Most Likely to Outsource Security Program Improvements and 24/7 Protection

Nuspire surveyed U.S. CISOs and IT security decision makers to determine current challenges, priorities and buying trends

COMMERCE, MI. (August 25, 2022) – Nuspire, a leading managed security services provider (MSSP), announced findings from its annual research study, revealing CISO challenges, priorities and key trends as well as the drivers behind purchasing decisions.

“The shift to remote work, a significant increase in threat volume and the ongoing cybersecurity talent shortage are some of the biggest challenges facing CISOs today – challenges they’re expected to address with limited resources,” said Michelle Bank, Nuspire’s Chief Product and Marketing Officer. “CISOs are prioritizing their spending based on where they get the most value, and our latest research study shows that CISOs are putting their limited dollars toward staying up to date and optimizing existing technology.”

Key findings from the study include:

  • CISOs and IT security decision makers are most concerned about overall security program improvements; monitoring, detecting and responding to threats 24/7; and vulnerability/posture assessments.
  • The top three outsourced services include overall security program improvements; monitoring, detecting and responding to threats 24/7; and technology optimization and integrations to ensure the best use of existing technology.
  • Nearly one-quarter of CISOs say they spend the most time on business, IT and security program strategy.
  • Two-thirds believe their organization is vulnerable to attack, especially when it comes to cloud applications, end users and cloud infrastructure.
  • CISOs are highly concerned about end-users and see the need for more education to prevent ransomware and phishing attacks – especially in an era of remote work; however, their likelihood to outsource a solution is low.

Nuspire’s research methodology involved anonymously surveying over 200 U.S.-based CISO and IT decision makers from large to mid-size enterprise organizations across a variety of industries, including retail, manufacturing, information technology and more.

To learn more about these findings, join our webinar on August 31, where we’ll dive into the study and discuss CISOs’ key pain points, their confidence level around their ability to prevent threats and top buying trends.

About Nuspire

Nuspire is a managed security services provider (MSSP), offering managed security services (MSS), managed detection and response (MDR), endpoint detection and response (EDR) that supports best in breed EDR solutions, and cybersecurity consulting services (CSC) that includes incident readiness and response, threat modeling, digital forensics, technology optimization, posture assessments and more. Our self-service, technology-agnostic platform, myNuspire, allows greater visibility into your entire security program. Powered by the self-healing always on Nuspire Cyber X Platform (CXP), myNuspire will help CISOs alleviate the pain associated with tech sprawl, provide intelligence driven recommendations, solve for alert fatigue and help their clients become more secure over time. Our deep bench of cybersecurity experts, award-winning threat intelligence and three 24×7 security operations centers (SOCs) detect, respond, and remediate advanced cyber threats. Our client base spans thousands of enterprises from midsized to large enterprises that span across multiple industries and geographic footprints. For more information, visit and follow us at on LinkedIn @Nuspire.