In its C-Suite Challenge 2019, The Conference Board surveyed over 800 CEOs and over 600 other C-Suite executives around the globe, but primarily from the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

An interesting finding from the press release about the survey is that U.S. CEOs rank cybersecurity and cyberthreats as their #1 external concern for 2019. Overall globally, CEOs viewed a recession as their biggest external concern in 2019.

U.S. CEOs are starting to understand the impact of cyberthreats on organizations, and the increased sophistication of those threats in the last year are taking their toll, translating into a higher awareness by CEOs, and continued concern about protecting their organization from those threats. We will see if this increased awareness can transition to action.