vCISO Services

What is a vCISO?

A vCISO is a Virtual Chief Information Security Officer. This service is the comprised collaboration of a team of security experts externally fulfilling the duties of an in-house CISO. services help guide your security programs and protect your business. Our team is dedicated to helping strengthen your already existing staff, achieve security objectives, support business technology demands, and help build a stronger cybersecurity foundation for you.

vCISO Outcomes

We understand what it feels like to be overwhelmed by all of the functions that a security team is supposed to fulfill.  This is why our vCISO offering concentrates on outcomes that will move your business forward and ensure that cybersecurity is a revenue generator, instead of a productivity drain.

How We Approach vCISO Services

Here at CDG, we understand that every company is different and requires their own security program strategy. With that in mind, we take our time to understand your security program needs, what stage you are at, and what your security strengths and weaknesses are — so we can apply industry best practices. When we take responsibility for your vCISO needs, we are using security as a tool to advance your business from every angle.

Why Hire a vCISO?

A full-time CISO is an excellent investment for some companies, but there are important considerations to make when deciding what type of security leadership would best fit your company’s needs.

Security leaders, such as a CISO, tend to provide the plan and direction for the company. Which leads many companies to make the mistake of thinking that a CISO can run an entire security program. Unfortunately, it takes an entire team to implement, monitor, and respond to incidents. That is where CDG’s vCISO services step in. 

 A vCISO is a beneficial employee that will enhance your internal security capabilities. A vCISO serves as a well-armed, fully knowledgeable employee that will be able to combine both the planning process and the real-world execution in order to build a successful top-down security program.

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Virtual CISO vs. CISO

Sometimes it helps to see a visual representation of what can be brought to the table.

Here is how our vCISO services stack up against the bandwidth of an in-house Chief Information Security Officer.

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Case Studies

“The Virtual CISO model brings us more benefit as a cloud native company vs. hiring a full time CISO as we know we have the CDG team behind us not just one individual. It is apparent that CDG really wants to succeed, not just collect a paycheck.”
 
Simon Lamprell
Director of Information and Security
Shift.io
 

FAQ

A:  A Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) is a service that outsources security experts to organizations who need cybersecurity leadership. These experts can fulfill the role and more of most CISOs.

A:  Whether you need guidance on a monthly or quarterly basis, or need hands-on help several days per week, the role of a vCISO is to be able to build a security solution that is right for you.

Some objectives of vCISO engagements include:

  • Information security leadership and guidance
  • Steering committee leadership or participation
  • Security compliance management
  • Security policy, process, and procedure development
  • Incident response planning
  • Security training and awareness
  • Board and executive leadership presentations
  • Security assessment
  • Internal audit
  • Penetration testing
  • Social engineering
  • Vulnerability assessments
  • Risk assessment

A:  Keeping your information and cybersecurity programs up to par can be a difficult task. If you do not have the correct personnel on staff, achieving those security goals may turn out to be nearly impossible on your own. So, when should you consider a vCISO?

  • You have a recent vacancy of your CISO/ISO position
  • You have recently hired a CISO/ISO
  • Your current CISO/ISO does not have the time or expertise to take on the demands of the position
  • Your board of directors is requesting a cybersecurity advisor
  • You need expertise on how to fill gaps in your informational security programs

 

A:  What’s your budget

CISOs are expensive. Their budget? Anywhere between $250k and $350k once you factor in salaries and benefits. When it comes to smaller companies, that cost might not be feasible.

A vCISOs typical salary range? Anywhere between $35k and $250k, depending on your business’s size and needs. However, the work for a vCISO is usually preliminary, so you can expect the cost to decrease over time.

More knowledge more power

Many companies tend to assign a security role as a secondary function of an employee’s primary role. If you find your “security” person wearing a ton of hats in your organization, they may not be true experts. 

With vCISOs, they are a team of highly skilled and certified experts with years of information security experience. Meaning, a vCISO is going to be able to enhance the internal capabilities of the employees you have tasked with handling security. 

They are here to stay

The role of a CISO is hard to fill with the right talent, and even harder to retain them long-term. By hiring a vCISO on your team, you will be equipped with the knowledge, methods, and resources so you can avoid losing a step.

Protected Clients

We protect our clients from cyber criminals, and we create robust security programs which can withstand current and future threats.

Incident Response

If you have been the victim of a cyber attack, contact us right now.

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