What is a Virtual CISO?

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By Bill Minahan   |   June 8, 2020   |   1 Comment

What is a Virtual CISO?

A virtual CISO is an outsourced security professional or provider who offers their time, insight, and expertise to an organization on an ongoing basis. In most cases, virtual CISOs work part-time or remotely.

A virtual CISO provides strategic and operational leadership on security to companies that cannot afford or have no need for a full-time person in the role.

Virtual CISOs work with businesses to design and build security programs that improve security posture. However, CISOs are not just security experts. In order to be a qualified virtual CISO, a professional must have decades of industry experience and must have dealt with a wide variety of scenarios.

Furthermore, a qualified vCISO will have experience consulting with management and presenting to the board, key stakeholders, and regulators.

Do you need a Virtual CISO?

In most cases, hiring a permanent full-time CISO is too expensive for most businesses. CISOs are hard to come by and usually demand a six-figure salary. However, every business requires one, especially if they handle sensitive data such as financial records or ePHI.

Whether you run an enterprise or a small business, your security needs often rely on the same basic security controls and strategies. This is where a vCISO comes in and can be a perfect in-between for businesses that can not afford to hire a full-time CISO.

Furthermore, vCISOs cost less than permanent CISOs and are available on-demand.

A qualified vCISO should be able to help your business with the following tasks

  • Compliance management; HIPAA and PCI DSS regulations
  • Security master planning
  • Network audits, gap, and risk analysis
  • Vendor risk assessments
  • Managing security awareness training

In addition to many more tasks. As with every full-time CISO, the skills and areas of expertise with each vCISO may vary. As a result, it is important to have preliminary discussions of your goals and objectives to find a vCISO that meets your needs.

Virtual CISO Services

aNetworks provides virtual CISO services to businesses looking to improve their security controls without the cost of a full-time CISO.

If your business is interested in hiring on a vCISO to manage and maintain your security posture, then please contact us below.

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