Why You Should Hire a Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO)
K3’s Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) offering can provide Information Security leadership to your organization at a fraction of the cost of hiring a full time executive.
All our Virtual CISO’s are accomplished professionals with senior level management and leadership experience and multi-disciplinary backgrounds spanning cybersecurity, operations, information technology and risk management, making them well suited to engage with your executive team, management, board of directors, and to represent your company externally to auditors, regulators, vendors, and clients.
As a member of your leadership team, they play a key role in helping to develop, implement and ope-rationalize a comprehensive and effective security program to satisfy compliance requirements, mitigate risk and provide a level of functional information security in alignment with the objectives, needs, budget, and risk appetite of your organization.
We view information security primarily as a business initiative designed to enable, safeguard, and serve the mission and objectives of your organization. As your Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO), we act as a true cross-functional member of your executive team, working with, advising, and coaching your leadership and management to foster and develop a culture of security, integrated throughout the people, processes and technologies that drive your organization.
Whether you need a resource for a specific project, on a temporary basis or are interested in augmenting your team on a longer-term basis, we offer flexible arrangements tailored to your organization’s specific situation and needs.
Some of the common duties and responsibilities we can perform or assist with include, but are not limited to:
- Strategic information security planning and guidance
- Security program development and management
- Policy, procedure, standard, guideline creation and maintenance
- Risk/security assessments (internal and third-party)
- Security control design, selection, tailoring and scoping
- Audit preparation and remediation
- Building internal security team (hiring, mentoring/upskilling for promotion or additional duties)
- Assist with vendor evaluation and selection for security products and services
- Security program metric development and reporting
- Third-party/vendor risk management
- Business Impact Assessments
- Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Planning
Benefits to Hiring a vCISO:
Can Save You Time and Money
Hiring a full-time CISO can be a costly endeavor. Not only do you have to pay their salary, but you also have to provide them with benefits and office space. A vCISO, on the other hand, is a fraction of the cost. You only pay for the hours you need, which can save you a significant amount of money in the long run.
Can Bring Outside Perspective
When you’re so close to your business, it can be difficult to see potential threats. A vCISO brings an outside perspective that can help you identify risks that you may have otherwise missed. They can also provide unbiased advice on how to best mitigate those risks.
Can Help You Comply with Industry Regulations
There are a variety of industry-specific regulations that businesses must comply with, such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, GDPR, etc. A vCISO can help you navigate these complex regulations and ensure that your business is in compliance.
Can Help You Improve Your Cybersecurity Posture
A vCISOs ultimate goal is to help improve your company’s cybersecurity posture. They do this by conducting risk assessments, implementing security controls, and more. As a result, you can sleep soundly knowing that your data is safe and secure.
If you’re not already working with a Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO), now is the time to start! A vCISO can save you time and money, bring an outside perspective, help you comply with industry regulations, and improve your cybersecurity posture. Contact us today to learn more about our vCISO services!