Benefits of a virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO)
A Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), is a vital component of an organization’s business strategy. These personnel help the enterprise formulate their cybersecurity strategies. A CISO ensures that all necessary measures have been taken, monitors cybersecurity awareness throughout the enterprise, and proactively creates defensive plans for when, or if an attack or an incident takes place. If an attack or an incident has already taken place then the CISO would handle the necessary responsibilities in addressing the incident.
The role of the CISO in large organizations is usually occupied by a senior-level executive. These enterprises have large resources to accommodate these roles, however, many companies don’t have the kind of resources required to employ someone with enough expertise to fill the CISO role. This is as a result of the fact that any individual that will assume the role should have enough expertise in information security and also business operations, therefore, having such an individual at that senior position could be very expensive. This is true for small and medium-sized businesses where they do not have the budget to employ a full-time cybersecurity leader. Small and medium-sized businesses are the largest targets for hackers because the hackers know that these businesses do not have the necessary cybersecurity measure in place which makes it much easier to hack.
To solve the problem of not being able to employ a full-time CISO Vista Computing LLC has created a service offering to address the gap. An alternative to having an internal full-time CISO is acquiring the services of a virtual Cybersecurity Information Security Officer (vCISO). A virtual CISO (vCISO) performs the same function as an internal full-time CISO, however, they are not employed permanently by the organization but acquired as a service from an external cybersecurity team or organization such as Vista Computing LLC.
The following key areas are the benefits of having a vCISO as part of team within small and medium-sized businesses:
- vCISO Provides Access to a Team of Experts
In the traditional method, where the Chief Information Security Officer is employed by the organization, a majority of the time this rests only on the knowledge and expertise of the internal CISO which is then applied in running the cybersecurity strategies. This lends itself to limitations. A vCISO on the other hand as part of a vCISO-as-a-service has access to a team of other virtual security experts that specialize in different aspects of information security. This ensures there is a wide knowledge base to draw from, which makes a vCISO a valuable and viable asset at handling the enterprise’s cybersecurity needs.
- vCISO ensures the organization is “Up-to-Date” on Information Security Threats
In the Cybersecurity world, threats are constantly evolving. According to various industry studies, there are over 100,000+ new threats that evolve everyday as attackers always try to find new ways to exploit system vulnerabilities. With a vCISO where you have a team of information security experts, it is likely to find someone with the expertise that is required to identify and counter a specific type of zero-day threat.
- vCISO offers Extensive Monitoring of the Organization’s Cybersecurity Needs
Virtual CISO services involves a team of expert. This means they can spend more time and resources monitoring the organization than an internal CISO could ever do. Also, having more individuals with a wide range of expertise is invaluable as it they can easily spot information security incidents that would otherwise go undetected.
- vCISO Costs Less compared to Hiring Internally
When an individual is hired as a full-time CISO internally, the organization has to pay a large salary, benefits, insurance, training, bonuses and so forth. Let’s face it, small and medium-sized companies cannot afford an expensive full-time permanent CISO as part of the organization. These costs are generally much higher when compared to the cost of acquiring the services of a vCISO. Using the services of a vCISO, the small and medium-sized organizations only pay the cybersecurity service provider a set fee that covers the whole package. This keeps costs low while still benefiting from the services of a wider range of cybersecurity experts.
The vCISO service offerings at Vista Computing LLC is based on different blocks of hours purchased by an organization needing this valuable service. We will consult with you to come up with a fair, sensible, and practical solution for your cybersecurity needs.