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