What You Need to Know About Virtual CISOs

What is a Virtual CISO?

Virtual Chief Information Security Officers (vCISOs) are top-tier security experts available to organizations who require security and privacy strategy and expertise. They are responsible for establishing and maintaining the enterprise vision, strategy, and program to ensure information assets and technologies are adequately protected.

Generally, this is accomplished by building information security management programs that align with business objectives and show measurable improvement in your security posture.

The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is the most senior decision maker for information/cybersecurity and is pivotal to protecting the business from damaging attacks resulting in data loss. The CISO should be heavily involved in formulating regulatory and compliance plans, as he/she is central to some of the regulatory changes around data breaches and data privacy.

vCISO is effectively a special form of Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) [pronounced sek-ass…we seriously need a better acronym, am I right?]

Why Do We Need a Virtual CISO?

Security threats are rapidly evolving. Budgets are slim. Skills are at a premium. And business imperatives like mobility, social media, web applications and big data can pose risks as well as inefficiencies if they’re not properly managed. Regulations are numerous and spanning across seas to affect businesses in other countries.

Budget Concerns

SMBs may have a hard time justifying the salary and overhead of another full-time, permanent executive. Since these companies may just need part-time consulting, a vCISO can satisfy their needs and budget limitations.


It is very difficult for smaller companies to compete for high-level tech and full-time positions. They cannot compete with the big firms with deep pockets and that have stronger network relationships.

Skill Gaps

There is a significant gap in skills between increasingly sophisticated hackers and tech employees. An experienced and skilled executive is required to identify what those gaps are (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Cylance Blog authored by Aaron Bryson. Read the original post at: https://threatvector.cylance.com/en_us/home/what-you-need-to-know-about-virtual-cisos.html