Virtual CISO Services (vCISO)

Cloud9 Data's Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Service offers affordabley priced options. You can choose hourly or monthly plans for expert security analysts to provide expertise and guidance.

With 22+ years of experience, our qualified cybersecurity  professionals act as the CISO within your organization. They work deliver executive-level strategies, policies, and procedures. Also, assess your organization's current security. Find vulnerabilities and risks. Then, recommend measures to reduce those risks.

We are your copilot and an extension of your team and assist alongside what you are already accomplishing. We help fill in the gaps saving you significant time and money taking your Cybersecurity posture to the next level.

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Why Use Cloud9 Data's Virtual CISO Services?

We are your copilot and extension of your team and assist alongside what you are already accomplishing. We help fill in the gaps taking your Cybersecurity posture to the next level. While also saving you time and money.

  • A dedicated vCISO is assigned from our pool of experts based on your industry, company size, and compliance needs providing you specialized support vs. a generalist
  • A team of vCISOs are available for assistance and backup in the event your dedicated vCISO is not available or on vacation. This is a significant advantage vs. hiring an individual freelancer.
  • Cloud9 Data has a division with experts solely focused on regulatory compliance that can be leveraged.
  • Our pricing includes technology services such as monthly vulnerability scanning.
Virtual CISO How it Works?

Key vCISO Features

Virtual CISO Responsibilities

The duties and expectations of a vCISO mirror those of a traditional CISO, but are carried out remotely and often at a more affordable cost. This role involves assistance with your cybersecurity programs including:

Managed Network Security Monitoring MSSP
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Why Hire a Virtual CISO?

Hiring a virtual Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is a strategic decision. It can greatly benefit businesses, especially with compliance as a service (CaaS).

Benefits include:

  1. Lower Cost: Hiring a full-time, in-house CISO can be expensive, especially for small and medium-sized businesses. By opting for a virtual CISO, you can access top-tier security professionals on a part-time basis, significantly reducing costs.
  2. Expertise and Experience: A virtual CISO brings a wealth of expertise and experience in compliance and cybersecurity. They have in-depth knowledge of industry regulations and best practices, and can navigate complex compliance requirements with ease.
  3. Flexibility and Scalability: Fractional CISOs offer flexibility in terms of engagement duration and scope of work. Whether you need assistance for a specific compliance project or ongoing support, Cloud9 Data's virtual CISO is tailored to meet your organization's unique needs. Additionally, as your business grows, you can easily scale up the virtual CISO's involvement.

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Our monthly plans include a comprehensive client-facing dashboard. This intuitive interface offers you direct access to reviews and assessments, and enables you to effortlessly track your progress in real-time.

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Case Study: Virtual CISO-as-a-Service

Learn how a healthcare software provider leveraged Cloud9 Data's vCISO service to help with

  • Strategic cybersecurity plan and roadmap
  • Capability maturity model and framework based on NIST and CIS standards
  • Comprehensive risk management plan
  • Incident Response and recovery plan and protocals

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Cloud9 Data offers a choice of sensitively priced hourly or fixed monthly packages. We can adjust our CISO involvement as your project progresses or as your security infrastructure evolves.

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How much does a virtual CISO cost?

Most vCISO providers charge by the hour (typically $200/hr. - $425/hr.)

Cloud9 Data offers a choice of sensitively priced hourly or fixed monthly packages. We can adjust our CISO involvement as your project progresses or as your security infrastructure evolves. Click here to view our vCISO pricing plans.

What are the Benefits of hiring a Virtual CISO?

According to Gartner, organizations value a security leader. But, they cannot afford an in-house CISO. They should consider virtual or fractional options.

A vCISO offers a flexible, cheap, and expertise-driven solution. It helps manage an organization's cybersecurity. Here, we delve into the key benefits of opting for a virtual CISO:

1. Cost Savings:

One of the most significant advantages of a fractional CISO is cost efficiency. Hiring a full-time CISO may not be in the budget for a small or mid-sized company. A vCISO provides access to top-tier security expertise. But, they do so without the costs of a full-time executive's salary, benefits, and more. This makes it an ideal solution for small to medium-sized businesses or organizations with limited budgets.

2. Experience

They have a broad perspective, from working with many organizations in different industries. This diverse experience means they can bring best practices and innovative solutions to your organization. They tailor these approaches to your specific needs and challenges. They stay abreast of the latest cybersecurity trends and regulatory requirements, ensuring your organization's security strategy is up-to-date.

3. Flexibility and Scalability:

The flexibility offered by a vCISO is unparalleled. They can work around your schedule and business needs. They offer services that range from a few hours a week to full-time, depending on your requirements.

4. An unbiased viewpoint:

This helps your cybersecurity strategy. An in-house CISO might be constrained by internal politics or company culture. But, a vCISO can provide a fresh, objective view on your security needs and challenges. This can lead to more effective decision-making and strategy development.

5. Rapid Deployment and Immediate Impact:

In the face of a cybersecurity crisis or when immediate action is required, a vCISO can be quickly onboarded to address the situation. Their experience allows them to hit the ground running. They quickly assess the situation and implement strategies to mitigate risks. This rapid deployment is crucial in a domain where response time is critical.

6. Enhanced Compliance and Risk Management:

With their extensive knowledge of regulatory requirements and risk management strategies, a vCISO can ensure that your organization remains compliant with relevant laws and regulations. They can help navigate compliance. It's complex, from GDPR to HIPAA. They reduce the risk of fines and damage to reputation.

What are the pros and cons of a virtual CISO?

vCISO Pros:

Hiring a vCISO (virtual Chief Information Security Officer) offers many benefits for your organization. This is especially true for cost. For many businesses, especially those with few resources, a vCISO is affordable. This is a big advantage. Traditional CISOs can earn over $350,000 per year. This makes it hard for many businesses that could benefit from their expertise to afford a full-time position.

vCISOs operate on a contractual consulting basis, providing flexibility for organizations. This arrangement means companies are not tied to a single service provider. They can replace their vCISO if they are dissatisfied with the service. This flexibility is advantageous for companies seeking specific skills or those needing CISO services only temporarily.

Moreover, vCISOs offer a level of accessibility that may be challenging for in-person CISOs. They can be contracted on an "on-call" basis, potentially offering 24×7 availability for urgent security needs. Also, the pool of vCISO candidates is not limited by location. This lets organizations hire the best fit from anywhere.

vCISO Cons:

There are also drawbacks to employing vCISOs. One major concern is the lack of a standard definition for what a vCISO entails. The market has numerous service providers, each with different service limitations. It's crucial to thoroughly understand what a vCISO service includes before entering a contract.

Another issue is that some vCISOs may lack deep perspective and specific knowledge. Internal CISOs or other security solutions might offer these. vCISOs are "virtual" and "contractual." They are often not there during cybersecurity incidents. They may not understand the organization's operations and limits on resources.

Additionally, as a cost-saving measure, many vCISOs split their time between multiple organizations. In contrast, an in-house CISO is dedicated solely to your company. They focus their expertise on your specific security challenges.

Finding the ideal in-house CISO takes more time and is often more expensive. But, they offer long-term, consistent performance and quality. This is a crucial factor to consider.

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