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What is a Virtual CISO?

Some small-medium sized organizations do not need a full time Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), sometimes referred to as a Fractional Chief Security Officer. A CISO’s responsibilities focus on managing risk,  aligning the cybersecurity and the business objectives, monitoring incidences, and managing business continuity plans.

A Virtual CISO (vCISO) is a person, who is outside of an organization, who aligns the organization to a cybersecurity framework that minimizes the risk of an organization. vCISO is contracted on on a as-needed schedule to help an organization become compliant (HIPAA, FERPA, GLBA,etc) and reduce overal risk.

Who needs a vCISO?


THose who need Guidance

Some organizations may not require a full time CISO. A vCISO can establish policies, procedures, and training that help the organization to fit mandated compliance or begin the transition to become compliant. 

Those who need time

vCISO’s allow organizations to focus on the business while an experienced professional offers a turn-key solutions that provides security guidance and helps prioritize security projects, triages during incidents, and develops threat mitigation strategies.

THose who need to save money

The cost of a full time CISO ranges from $170,000-$270,000 on average in the United States. Small businesses and startups often find themselves needing the expertise of a CISO, but may not have the upfront capital to afford a full time CISO position.

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Compliance Driven

A vCISO can help align organizations with industry recommended cybersecurity frameworks and establish comprehensive policy and procedures for meeting the compliance needs of any sector.

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Utility, agriculture, and other Co-ops should exercise reasonably maturity cybersecurity hygiene as recommended by the the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) and The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA).


Medical Organizations

Small to medium sized medical organizations are targets for ransomware because the organizations have to worry about HIPAA penalties in addition to reputational harm if the stolen data is released.


Small Business/Startups

It is an smaller financial cost to start a business with good cyber hygiene and train employees from the beginning than to correct poor behaviors later that may result in thousands or hundreds of thousand of dollars in damages, reputation, and fees.

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