It is a service offered by companies or consultants that provides a virtual, or remote, CISO to help organizations manage their cybersecurity risks and compliance requirements. A vCISO typically provides the same services as an in-house CISO, such as developing and implementing security policies and procedures, conducting risk assessments, and providing guidance on compliance with regulations. However, a vCISO is typically less expensive than hiring an in-house CISO and can be a cost-effective way for small and medium-sized businesses to improve their cybersecurity posture.
A Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) is a senior-level cybersecurity expert who provides strategic and operational guidance to an organization remotely, rather than working in-house. The role of a vCISO is to help an organization protect its sensitive data, systems and networks, and comply with relevant security regulations and standards.
A vCISO can provide a valuable service to organizations that do not have the resources to hire a full-time CISO, or that require specialized expertise or support on a project-by-project basis. They can work with the organization on a flexible schedule and can be an efficient and cost-effective solution for organizations that need cybersecurity leadership but don't have the budget or need for a full-time CISO.
Provided that the client has a good enough infrastructure setup, the vCISO shall be called to monitor projects, monitor teams, have meetings with internal teams, or have meetings with external partners on behalf of the client, review policies & procedures and report any investment needed in trainings after identifying potential “weaknesses” in the organization.
The vCISO's responsibilities may include but not limited to:
The pricing model can vary depending on the specific services being offered and the needs of the organization. Some common pricing models for vCISO services may include:
It's important to note that pricing can also vary depending on the experience and qualifications of the vCISO, as well as the size and complexity of the organization. Some vCISOs may also offer bundled services or customizable packages to fit the client's specific needs.
It's also important to understand what services are included in the pricing, and if there are any additional costs (such as incident response, penetration testing, or compliance audits) that may arise.