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Driven by a growing number of sophisticated threats and an ever-evolving regulatory environment, demand for CISO talent remains at a premium. Unfortunately, many HR teams at smaller and mid-market organizations lack proper resources to identify top cyber
talent and are challenged to attract top candidates due to expected salary requirements.
To help address the hiring challenge facing these organizations, the vCISO position is a viable option that can provide benefits beyond a traditional CISO leadership role.
A vCISO provides a level of experience consistent with that of a traditional CISO but affords organizations more flexibility based on the business’ specific requirements, goals and available resources.
vCISO firms offer proven cybersecurity executives as a service on a retainer or a part-time basis, providing CISO insight and guidance without the need to hire a full-time executive. A vCISO can ensure security compliance, evaluate current security measures
and develop a cybersecurity strategy for data asset protection. Other examples of services vCISOs can provide are to:
A vCISO can offer flexible security solutions for small and medium-sized businesses without the budget for a full-time CISO. vCISOs can also serve as a sensible option for larger organizations
as a stop gap between CISO hires in the event of a vacancy.
Because of their prior experience as a full-time CISO, a vCISO has the ability to evaluate a security program’s current state and quickly identify and prioritize needs.
Advantages to using a vCISO include:
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While a vCISO is an efficient alternative to an in-house CISO, smaller organizations may face some challenges when searching for, retaining and managing their vCISO. Finding the right vCISO to meet your organization’s needs is critical and takes
When choosing to go through a vCISO provider, consider:
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To establish a vCISO engagement that benefits your security program:
Whether you need to overhaul your existing strategy or bridge a leadership gap for a few months, a vCISO service can be a viable option for your organization.
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