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Virtual CISO

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The chief information security officer, or CISO, is the senior executive who aligns an organization’s IT security strategy with its business goals and operations.  In a world of increasing cyber threats, regulations, and litigation, they’re the essential security professionals that all organizations need.  And yet, Cisco’s 2015 Annual Security Report , notes that only 29% of organizations have a CISO.

 Many challenges prevent organizations, especially small and medium size ones, from realizing the benefits of a CISO, especially:

  • Lack of financial resources to search for, hire and retain a qualified CISO
  • Limited knowledge base and resources for training
  • The average tenure for a CISO is 17 months – and then you’ve lost your investment in hiring a CISO when you repeat the process

DigitalDefence’s Virtual CISO (vCISO) Program allows your organization to utilize our board-level experts to perform the tasks typically assigned to an in-house Chief Information Security Officer. Our vCISO will integrate as a member of your executive team to assist with the implementation and management of your Information Security Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance (GRC) programs

Reduced Costs.

A vCISO costs approximately 30-40% the cost of a full-time permanent CISO. You hire the vCISO when you need their support – hours per month, or full-time for a pre-determined period of time.


Virtual CISOs can be in place within days, avoiding periods when key roles are unfilled


All consultants have on average ten years’ experience in security and compliance in multiple industries. In addition to their technical knowledge, they possess business acumen and leadership skills


All of our vCISOs are professionally qualified in security management and hold industry-leading IT Security certifications including CISSP, CISM, CISA, PCI DSS QSA, as well as relevant industry certifications


vCISOs provide independent and unbiased advice in their approach to solving security issues or selecting vendors


Your vCISO is never alone; they are supported by DigitalDefence’s and our partners and can draw on this wealth of experience to successfully resolve any security issues

As part of the placement process, DigitalDefence works with each client to identify how the vCISO can most effectively support an organization’s security program. Typical duties for the vCISO include:

  • Provides independent and unbiased enterprise-wide Information security leadership and guidance from the Board to everyday technology users
  • Assists in developing an information security strategy that supports the business strategy and objectives
  • Provides senior-level presentations of security issues to Board of Directors or other concerned bodies such as regulatory agencies
  • Drives security implementation from strategic plans to operational deployment
  • Establishes a standards-based security program for the enterprise by completing a gap assessment, and then identifying the mediation steps and controls required for a secure organization
  • Assists with setting priorities for security initiatives and budgeting, based on appropriate risk management methodology, budget, review of risks and regulatory programs
  • Identifies threats and risks to information security assets, provide recommendations for appropriate risk management practices and provide recommendations for strategies to help mitigate residual risks
  • Assisting with the maintenance and oversight of information security policies, processes and controls
  • Ensures that Mergers and Acquisitions support your organization’s security posture
  • Develops and maintains the 3rd Party / Vendor Management Program to ensure security of your supply chain
  • Leverages unbiased experience in evaluation, and selection of security products and technology
  • Provides project management oversight for security-focused projects
  • Implementing mentorship programs to create permanent CISOs from in-house employees
  • Prepares organization for successful completion of compliance audits

Bring DigitalDefence’s board-level expertise to your strategic security programs