James Ogier of Resolution IT explains why modern businesses are already embracing the vCISO service.
Everyone knows the importance of having a strong cyber and information security structure in place, which is why many organisations rely on in-house specialists to protect their data and assets. It’s an expensive approach that not all businesses have the means for, but there is another way. James Ogier of Resolution IT explains why modern businesses are already embracing the vCISO service.
So what exactly is a vCISO?
A virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) sounds complicated – but it’s actually all about making things simpler for you. Information security specialists are expensive and hard to come by. If you can find one, a decent CISO can command an annual salary of up to £150k, which can be crippling for SMEs with a limited recruitment budget. So that’s where we come in.
Our vCISO service fulfils the same role as an in-house CISO, at around 15% of the cost. Handling security on a short-term or project basis, our security specialists bring a strategic, proportionate and bespoke approach to your digital infrastructure, providing independent and unbiased advice about cyber and information security.
Services are scalable on short notice, giving you the flexibility to tap into their expertise when needed. In addition to ensuring you meet rigorous industry standards, regulations and compliance requirements, a good vCISO can provide regular consultancy in developing your ISMS (Information Security Management System) to minimise security risks and ensure business continuity in any eventuality. They can also develop and mentor your in-house team to improve operational processes and efficiencies. Training staff in best practice and safeguarding your security means you can fully focus on driving your business forward.
Appointing a vCISO also means you have access to a broader pool of certified professionals who work collectively to deliver cutting-edge security standards straight to your door. They can advise you on cyber training and certification, including Cyber Essentials and IASME, that can boost your business’ appeal while also delivering reports and insights that can be used to proactively improve your tech infrastructure. As well as this, a vCISO will create quarterly reports aligned to an audience of key stakeholders and leaders within your organisation, with the option of representation in board meetings.
Cyber Security can be an overwhelming topic, especially when the media floods with news of yet another data breach. And as important as it is to keep your data secure, it can be difficult knowing where to start. We’ll help put your mind at ease with expert advice, tailored to suit the needs of your business.