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THE vCISO SUPERPOWER: A Virtual Chief Information Security Officer for your Cybersecurity Goals

February 27, 2023 | By Accorian


There is a famous adage by Spiderman in Marvel comics, With great power, comes great responsibility,” and that’s how important a vCISO (Virtual Chief Information Security Officer) is in an organization. Today’s digital transformation goes beyond automation and embraces technology for a broader range of tasks. The cybercrime epidemic is threatening, with a 15% annual growth rate. With the increased use of technological platforms, the threat of cybercrime costs organizations millions of dollars.

In response to this growing threat, the global cybersecurity market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 13.4%, reaching USD 376.32 billion by 2029. (From USD 155.83 billion in 2022).

With the rise of sophisticated threats and the growth of cybercrime, a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) in senior management is required for organizations. The CISO can provide a comprehensive cybersecurity framework and requirements tailored to their business needs. However, employing a full-time CISO can be costly. Instead, a virtual CISO can be used to meet the exact needs of multiple companies. The vCISO can effectively address the organization’s cybersecurity needs and collaborate with senior management to provide a cost-effective strategic cybersecurity plan.

Who is a vCISO?

A vCISO (Virtual Chief Information Security Officer) is an external security advisor and expert whose responsibilities vary depending on an organization’s business requirements. They are responsible for keeping critical systems and sensitive data protected from cybercriminals.

They provide organizations with on-demand access to experienced security expertise, eliminating the need for a full-time employee. This provides organizations with the resources and knowledge they require to protect themselves from cyber threats without incurring the high costs associated with a full-time employee.

How Can A vCISO Accelerate Your Business?

1. Making security a growth lever

By bringing on a vCISO, you can ensure that your security is up to date, in compliance with regulations, and capable of enabling growth opportunities. With the vCISO in charge of security, the organization can concentrate on activities that directly contribute to business growth.

2. Assisting in ensuring that your internal security posture is excellent

A vCISO can assist you in establishing a secure internal security posture and conducting security audits to identify existing vulnerabilities and potential security threats. This can aid in discovering and mitigating existing vulnerabilities, as well as the development of strategic plans for data access control, authentication, and authorization protocols. With a vCISO on board, the organization can be confident in the strength and security of its internal security posture.

3. Complying with security regulatory requirements

Having a vCISO on board can also assist in complying with applicable regulatory requirements. The vCISO is familiar with many different regulatory bodies’ security requirements and can ensure that the organization meets them. Furthermore, the vCISO can assist with periodic audits and assessments to ensure that the organization complies with all applicable regulations.

Why Should Your Organization Hire A vCISO? ​

A vCISO can help your organization with strategic advice, roadmap creation, query resolution, board consulting, and client conversations. They can also manage programs, oversee tactical and operational tasks, as well as provide a comprehensive view of the organization’s information security landscape. Furthermore, a vCISO is critical to an organization’s cyber defense, assisting in the security of systems, processes, and data while aligning security with the organization’s overall goals and objectives.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for overseeing the implementation of security protocols and policies. Guide security-related topics, such as encryption, authentication, and risk management, to protect the organization against potential threats.
  • Provide strategic advice to an organization and ensure that the organization’s security practices are current. This includes identifying and recommending ways to close any security gaps. In addition, the vCISO may oversee the development and implementation of security protocols, policies, and training materials.
  • Advise on security issues such as encryption, authentication, and risk management. Furthermore, the vCISO oversees conducting security audits and reviews, as well as investigating security incidents within the organization. The vCISO may also be in charge of advising and training employees on security issues.

What Expertise Does the Accorian vCISO Bring to the Table?

Even the most experienced CISOs can benefit from professional advisory services, especially managing stakeholder expectations, regulatory requirements, evolving cybersecurity technologies, and various security programs. With Accorian’s vCISO services, you don’t just get a single security professional but a team of Security Advisory specialists to support your organization’s unique needs.

Whether your organization is small or large, a vCISO can be valuable At Accorian, we provide rapid access to a virtual CISO and a team of specialists to help you achieve your strategic objectives. Our vCISO offers professional guidance for tactical and strategic endeavors, and you can customize your vCISO plan based on the hours of service you require.

Accorian’s cybersecurity and compliance teams bring a wealth of experience to help navigate organizations through their information security journey. We take a hands-on, white-glove approach and use a proven methodology to provide fiscal value and expertise to each client. The facts speak for themselves.

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