It took a $650,000 salary for Matt Comyns to entice a seasonedcybersecurity expert to join one of America’s largest companies aschief information security officer (CISO) in 2012. At the time, itwas among the most lucrative offers out there.

This year, the company had to pay $2.5 million to fill the samerole.

“It’s a full-on war for cyber talent,” said Comyns, a managingpartner at executive search firm Caldwell Partners who specializesin information security. “CEOs know that, so they play hardball.Everyone’s throwing money at this.”

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