A virtual CISO (vCISO) is equivalent to a full-time, on-site Chief Information Security Officer. They help an organization strategize, plan, and execute a robust and viable information security program. They combine the vision of executive leadership with the needs of securing the organization into a cohesive, actionable plan. There is no difference between a traditional on-site, full-time CISO and the vCISO except the vCISO isn’t usually on-site constantly. The use of technology today affords us the opportunity to interact with various teams without maintaining a physical presence. In some cases, the vCISO can also serve as an interim CISO that organizations may choose to remain on-site.
What does a CISO or vCISO do?
Our executive consultants have over 20 years of experience in information security with a variety of industries. They bring world-class expertise, and with today’s tools, the tasks below are the different functions that a CISO would be called upon to perform with minimal onsite interaction.
Managing the information security team.
Interacting with executive management.
Attending board of directors meetings providing an update on the state of security in the organization.
Policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines.
Plan and write them.
Present them to management for approval.
Incident response and event management.
Plan awareness training to disseminate the information to the organization.
Publish them and be available to the organization for clarification on the critical point.
Plan security infrastructure in alignment with direction from the Board.
Many other tasks not requiring physical on-site presence.
Why call for vCISO services?
Require the part-time skills of a full-time CISO.
Require a strategic roadmap for compliance and security.
Have a shortage of security talent and difficulty retaining security dedicated employees.
Your customers, partners or board members expect that someone has the CISO role.
Required to prove you are demonstrably secure to critical stakeholders (clients, board, auditors).
Lack of a clearvision of where your security posture is now and/or where improvement is needed.
Multiple compliance requirements that need to be addressed.
Require security experience in your industry (e.g., Manufacturing, Healthcare, Financial).
Require talent capable of liaising with customers, C-suite, and regulators.
Require someone with a CSO or CISO title for compliance
The benefits of contracting a vCISO
Superior expertise. Our consultants have experience working in multiple industries and cultures. They bring unparalleled wisdom and are recognized leading security practitioners in the industry.
Substantial lower cost. Top cybersecurity talent demands and deserves a high salary. vCISO services can offer it less than a CISO’s wage, let alone ancillary costs like benefits, office space, etc. You pay only for what you need, whether it’s just expert advice to grow the skills of your current staff or an end-to-end managed service.
Reduced risk. Hiring a crucial employee is a big decision and a significant investment. vCISO services are very low-risk, as you can choose the optimal service level from a range of offerings and terminate the relationship at any point if your needs aren’t met. Going with a vCISO now also eliminates the risk incurred by leaving a senior leadership position unfilled as you undertake an exhaustive search that, in today’s market, could easily take six months or more. Meanwhile, your organization faces threats every day.
Contracting for a vCISO enables you to strengthen your focus on your core business. It also enables you to get the most from your current security investments and skills.
Contact us today to explore the range of services we can deliver.