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Growth is always a desirable goal; it’s how you stay in business, how you keep serving your clients, and how you support your team. But how do you get there? You need a plan. That’s the purpose of a leadership team—to keep the organization on a growth trajectory. Let’s talk about one of those leaders in particular: the CISO.

 

What Does A CISO Do?

A CISO, or Chief Information Security Officer, is the senior executive that focuses on the cybersecurity side of IT. He or she works in tandem with the CIO to not just streamline your environment but also protect it. The CISO is responsible for making sure that company policies and procedures for handling sensitive data are in line with industry compliance standards. 

Another important function is risk management. A CISO examines business problems, determines possible solutions, and evaluates the risks and rewards of each before deciding on a course of action.

The importance of this role has become increasingly evident as well-known brands have become victims of data breaches. For example, Target did not have a CISO at the time of their 2014 breach, though it has since added the role. Cyber threats have continued to grow year over year, and their targets range from individuals to small businesses to large corporations. Now more than ever, having a coordinated security plan is critical.

However, most small businesses may have a CIO or an internal IT director, but not a CISO. They simply don’t have the resources to have in-house leadership at that level. And honestly, they likely don’t need this position full-time. How do you get the expertise of a top-tier CISO for just a handful of hours per month?

 

Enter the VCISO

A VCISO, or Virtual CISO, provides the expert services of a CISO without the cost of finding, hiring and retaining an internal resource. The benefits of a virtual CISO partner include:

 

  1. Cost Savings. With salary and benefits, you could be looking at more than $200k/yr to support a full-time, in-house CISO. But as mentioned, most SMBs don’t need a full-time CISO; in fact, you may only need their services for a few hours a month. A VCISO partner is the best option to get high-level security consulting from someone who deeply understands your business like an in-house employee, but at a fraction of the cost.
  2. Consulting. A VCISO provides high-level technical consulting in the form of regular security business planning. This should be a living document that lays out a plan for the next 24 months for how your organization can improve its security posture.
  3. Project Support. Part of a VCISO’s role is to recommend and oversee big picture projects, such as implementing a Ransomware Response plan: verifying existing controls, identifying security gaps, and developing new protocols to keep you protected.
  4. Disaster Recovery Planning. This has long been an important consideration for businesses, but with the current pandemic, it’s taken on even greater urgency. How do you prepare for different disasters you might encounter? Do you have the infrastructure in place to support a fully remote workforce—and do so securely? If you get hit by ransomware, do you have a fully functioning backup so you can be up and running in a matter of hours? Or would an unexpected event completely gut your business? A VCISO helps you to be prepared for all contingencies.

 

Having a virtual CISO partner can be a tremendous help to your business. At SOCBOX, our VCISO is bundled with our managed cybersecurity services, so you get not only the high-level cybersecurity advice, but also the technology to back it up. Give us a call at 877-284-7789 or contact us today to see how a VCISO can improve your cybersecurity posture.