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A Virtual Chief Information Security Officer is a Vital Asset: Here’s Why It May Be a Perfect Fit for Your Business

With everchanging cyber threats, it is more important than ever to have someone you can trust to leverage their experience and expertise, ensuring that your environment is secure from outside threats. This blog post will discuss why a VCISO is a vital asset for any business and how it would best protect your organization from cyber threats.

What is a CISO?

A Chief Information Security Officer is a senior-level executive within an organization who is responsible for establishing and maintaining their cybersecurity strategy. They aim to ensure that all their sensitive information, assets, and technology are well-protected. Unfortunately, many businesses do not have the security budget to hire a full-time Chief Information Security Officer (CISO); this is where a Virtual CISO comes in.

What is a VCISO?

A VCISO, or Virtual CISO, can provide your business with the same level of expertise as a full-time CISO without breaking the bank. A good way to think about a VCISO would be that it is an external advisory service hired to oversee your cybersecurity strategy. Much like a CISO, a VCISO primarily handles:

  • Implementing and overseeing your organization’s cybersecurity program
  • Aligning cybersecurity and business objectives
  • Reporting on cybersecurity
  • Monitoring incident response objectives
  • Managing business continuity and disaster recovery
  • Promoting a culture of strong information security
  • Managing vendor relations
  • Providing updates on the attack vector and surface specific to your industry
  • Implementing cybersecurity awareness and training
  • Implementing recommendations from assessments and penetration tests

A VCISO is typically hired for a certain number of hours per month. For example: Your business may employ a VCISO that commits 10 hours per month to your business strategy, offering their guidance to cultivate a personalized experience that focuses on the best practices for your situation.

Who needs a VCISO?

Any organization with insufficient room in their IT security budget for a full-time CISO is recommended to hire a VCISO. A VCISO can also be an excellent resource for existing CISO’s that want to ensure that they stay on course and provide the best solutions for their business.

Why is this a value add for your business?

 At Alliant Cybersecurity, we have a pool of certified, experienced, and talented CISO’s who fully dedicate themselves to each client’s respective needs. This is a cost-effective way for a business to hire a CISO, on demand.

Does your business need cybersecurity advisory services? Reach out and let us know!

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