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How Hiring a Virtual CISO Will Change Your Business

Managing security risk is a challenging yet crucial responsibility in modern business. Chief information security officers (CISOs) are in high demand, and quality ones come at a high price. An on-demand, Virtual CISO (vCISO) may be the best and most cost-effective option for your company.

A vCISO is an augmented security expert who develops strategic security initiatives. As a top security expert, a vCISO helps protect infrastructure, data, employees, and customers. A vCISO provides expert guidance and monitors your cyber security program.

Benefits

Why choose a vCISO over a traditional CISO? You get the expertise of a world-class CISO and specialized security talent for a fraction of the cost of a full-time staff member. With Thrive VISCO you receive:

  • A valuable solution when interim presence is needed
  • Equivalent expertise as a full-time CISO without the overhead or training
  • Expert guidance to navigate new cyber security regulations
  • Up-to-date threat and strategy updates
  • The anticipation of future security and compliance challenges like data breaches, pilfered data, identity theft, or commercial loss
  • A risk management team managed by the vCISO
  • Access to a security operation center overseen by multiple vCISO
  • A compliance program run by VISCO of CyberSecOP
  • An experienced red team with oversight of your vCISO
  • Access to a knowledgeable incident response team
  • Limited employee turnover and maintaining expertise in the case of employee transition

Additional Components of Virtual CISO

The components in the vCISO portfolio are centered around a core strategy. The entire strategy is road-mapped and analyzes across a multi-year engagement. This ensures your organization matures with a comprehensive cyber security program that meets the stringent requirements of your business and industry. The components of the vCISO portfolio include:

  • Policy guidance
  • Incident response planning
  • Security architecture review

Security Program Management

At Thrive, our vCISOs oversee security program management and provide oversight and direction to ensure it meets security objectives. The expert vCISO examines your organization’s unique environment, architecture, operations, and threat landscape against industry standards to meet and exceed compliance mandates.

We identify and prioritize security architecture risks and controls to develop remediation strategies. We define and implement action plans for new and potential security program improvements. By aligning business objectives, risk, and security strategy, we demonstrate measurable success to Executive management.

Staff Augmentation

It can be challenging to decide between staff augmentation or hiring employees. Augmenting IT staff is an ideal solution for helping to satisfy both short and long term staffing needs to ensure you always meet IT deadlines. When you select specialists, they can quickly join your team and begin work immediately. Electing to augment you CISO by using a virtual CISO may seem daunting, but can actually have many benefits such as:

  • Reduced risks and investment
  • Improved efficiency and achievement
  • Lowering your capital costs
  • Reducing operational costs
  • Accelerating your time-to-market
  • Better resource availability
  • More flexibility and scalability
  • Better customer satisfaction

It may be difficult to determine when you need to staff augmentation for your CISO. Augmenting your CISO is a solution for projects of all sizes and duration’s. A vCISO can handle varying project scopes and changing requirements with a high level of flexibility and transparency. Through daily reports, your vCISO offers cost-effective security leadership. While a traditional CISO cannot create and implement the entire security program alone, a vCISO with an additional augmented team is able to.

Our vCISOs dedicate time to understanding your security needs and offer an experiences supportive team with the required skills and experience to work effectively on a remote basis. We develop long-term relationships with our clients and ensure the highest quality of our specialists.

Considerations

While the many benefits of a vCISO are incredibly appealing, there are some important considerations when hiring a vCISO.

  • Educate yourself on the business goals of your security program. Know what types of information you handle and regulations to adhere to. Understand what goes into a security program including business and industry requirements. How your organization uses a vCISO depends greatly on your specific structure, products/services, markets, and IT.
  • Evaluate how your program currently stacks up to regulations and architecture.  
  • Always research available vCISO providers with a budget in mind.
  • Compare vCISO options on annual cost and resource and technology elements. Consider how each will impact your current state to determine the most effective option.

Why Thrive?

At Thrive, our vCISO experts analyze your strengths, weaknesses, and greatest areas of risk. Our NIST based organization-wide security maturity assessment will help us cater to your business environment and objectives. We match our management style to your business culture and customer base. Our flexible virtual CISO program will meet all your requirements. With our vCISO services, you retain board-level experts who can virtually manage your security strategy, budget, risks, and regulatory programs. To learn more about how a Thrive vCISO will help your business build and manage your cyber security plan, visit our website or contact us today for a complimentary consultation.

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