Remote IT Security Officer
Virtual chief information security officer, also referred to as a virtual CISO, vCISO, or CISO-as-a-Service provider, works as an outsourced or on-demand security practitioner. A vCISO role can be filled by a single individual or a team of virtual experts. Although they typically work as remote, part-time contractors, vCISOs provide many of the benefits of a full-time CISO but without the hefty price tag.
Consider a vCISO like a freelance Chief Information Security Officer. Companies often hire them on an ongoing basis, for a stipulated period, or for any particular project.
vCISO is generally involved in deciding the security framework and policies of the companies, providing strategic recommendations, and assisting in the implementation. Sometimes, they represent companies in board meetings and work with executives to justify security measures and their budgetary requirements. But there are many other duties a virtual CISO can take on depending on the needs of your organization.
Virtual CISO security program steps
Create Your Security Strategy Plan
Operationalize & Implement a Security Program
Define Your Company’s Security Maturity Level
Benefits of employing CISO as a Service
Additional benefits of hiring a vCISO
- Experienced Security Talent Hiring a third-party vCISO solves immediate staffing needs by bringing the resources needed to implement or enhance the programs. In today’s cybersecurity market, there is a huge shortage of resources to fill the roles organizations need and vCISO service providers like VerSprite have the resources to do the job for you.
- Cost effectiveness Hiring a traditional CISO can range from 50k€ to 150k€ per year and may not be in the budget for every company. Additionally, not every company needs a full-time CISO on staff. Hiring a vCISO means you are not paying a premium salary to get the benefits of having the necessary actions of a CISO. It also means you are not tasking someone in IT who does not have the knowledge or the experience to fulfill this role. As your budget changes throughout the year, projects can easily be maneuvered to meet the requirements. There is no overhead as there is with a full-time employee, such as health insurance, worker’s comp, payroll, benefits, and related HR costs.
- No training necessary for the vCISO A Virtual CISO has such vast experience that they can come in and get the program running immediately.
- Virtual CISO services give flexibility A vCISO can be setup on a retainer, a block of hours, or for a specific project. The service is tailored to your business needs.
- A vCISO has experience working with boards to make security a business priority vCISOs because of their experience, know what information is important and how to present it at a board level. They can present risks to leadership and boards to gain financial and executive support of the cybersecurity program, something many in-house CISOs struggle with. Every leader in an organization needs to be aware of the cybersecurity risks to a company and what that could potentially mean to revenue.