Virtual Chief Information Security Officer Services

Today’s business leaders find themselves at a difficult crossroads: IT security and compliance challenges have never been more prevalent, though hiring and retaining the highly experienced professionals needed to manage these monumental responsibilities is proving strenuous. Compass IT Compliance's Virtual CISO (vCISO) leverages the collective expertise of our team to fill your CISO role or complement your existing CISO's efforts.

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Virtual CISO Solutions From Compass IT Compliance

As cybersecurity threats to businesses continue to escalate, organizations must allocate resources to develop, implement, and maintain an effective information security program. Larger organizations employ in-house Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) to ensure their security strategy aligns with their business objectives while managing daily security and compliance operations. However, many organizations — particularly small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) — struggled to hire and retain these highly compensated, in-demand professionals. Likewise, organizations who do have an in-house CISO often still find themselves overwhelmed with the quantity of IT security and compliance projects that arise.

A Virtual Chief Information Security Officer, also referred to as a Virtual CISO or vCISO, is outsourced cybersecurity professional who handles the responsibilities of an internal CISO, providing industry knowledge and expertise without the cost of an additional dedicated, full-time employee. Compass IT Compliance has operated in this capacity for over a decade, assisting our clients in developing, implementing, and maintaining effective information security programs. We have worked with countless organizations to help them:

Industries Benefiting From Our Virtual CISO Services

Organizations across all industries face ever-changing cybersecurity threats, regardless of their size and maturity. Likewise, businesses must contend with various state, federal, and industry regulations and standards regarding the handling of data, such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Some of these directives go as far as to mandate that organizations have an information security officer to oversee all aspects of information and cyber security. Our Virtual CISO team is comprised of individuals from a myriad of industry backgrounds, bringing with them the expertise needed to navigate your unique business challenges. Examples of industry sectors that can benefit from our Virtual CISO services include:

Virtual CISO Advantages

Our Virtual CISO service provides an organization with a dedicated resource well-versed in cybersecurity across various vertical markets. Some of the benefits organizations see when utilizing our Virtual CISO offering include:

Lower Costs - On average, a Virtual CISO will cost 30% - 40% less than a traditional CISO annually, involve no recruiter fees, and will not require full-time staff benefits.

More Collective Expertise - Our Virtual CISO offering provides you with access to the combined skills and certifications of our entire team to overcome your challenges. Our collective decision-making results in less bias towards one solution or another, and more focus on the best possible solutions. Your Virtual CISO holds a library of vetted policies, procedures, and plans to implement immediately within your organization.

Staffing Flexibility - Our Virtual CISOs can be rapidly onboarded to temporarily assist you while you look to fill a full-time role. They may also be utilized to fill out lengthy security questionnaires and to complete mundane tasks, freeing up your full-time staff to oversee other critical projects.

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Every organization has its own unique needs. The good news is that Compass IT Compliance's Virtual CISO offering will meet those needs today and adapt as your business scales and grows. We can also offer Virtual Compliance Officer (VCO) and Virtual Chief Privacy Officer (vCPO) services upon request. Fill out the form below or reach us via phone to discuss your unique situation with a knowledgeable member of our Virtual CISO team.