As the threat landscape continues to evolve, it’s important for organizations to have a solid cybersecurity strategy. And that starts at the top, ideally with a CISO, who is solely focused on managing the security risks to their organization. The problem is, CISO positions can be difficult to fill. With a significant cybersecurity talent shortage plaguing organizations of all sizes, CISOs are hard to find, and if you do find one, they can require salaries outside of your organization’s budget.
A vCISO can help fill the gap
Thankfully, there are effective ways to navigate the challenges of not having a full-time CISO within your organization. One is outsourcing a virtual CISO (also called vCISO or executive advisory services). A vCISO is a highly skilled security executive who typically works with your business remotely as a part-time contractor or on-demand consultant for a set number of weekly hours. These security experts assume many of the same responsibilities as a full-time CISO in terms of vision, guidance and architecting of the overall security strategy.
Types of services a vCISO provides
vCISOs can range in the types of services they provide depending on their expertise and/or the organization they work for. However, here’s a sampling of some of the functions they can help you with:
How to find the right vCISO services for your organization
If you’ve decided that a vCISO is what your organization needs to stay on top of the latest threats, the next step is to determine the right vCISO offering for your needs. To help, we’ve created this practical guide, which gives you a list of the questions you should ask to make sure you have your bases covered.