What Could a C-Level Data & Systems Security Professional Add to Your Business?

Many businesses want IT represented in the boardroom and yet can’t afford a CISO or CIO. Cost is always a factor, but we want your business to have the best protection available.

That’s why we have developed an outsourced CISO program that gives you the benefit of having access to a C-level IT security professional without the cost associated with hiring a full-time technology executive.

What is a CISO and What Do They Do?

A CISO is an individual that has a seat at the table in the executive of the company. Their job is a complex set of security-related duties. Here are some of the broad categories relating to those duties.

  • Strategy – They design a strategy to secure the data and workflow of a company.
  • Implementation – They implement policies and best practices associated with ongoing security efforts. These are all put in place and monitored by the CISO.
  • Consultation – They consult with the company’s executive to give real-time information regarding how current operations or potential actions impact the company’s cybersecurity posture.
  • Purchases – They help with choosing IT purchases to ensure security continuity.
  • Preparation – They look to the horizon to anticipate threats and prepare to meet those challenges.
  • Employee Training – They train employees to follow protocols and be aware of dangers such as phishing and social engineering.
  • Vendor Compliance – They work to ensure that vendors systems don’t pose a threat to the company’s systems.
  • Regulator Management – They coordinate with regulators and auditors to ensure compliance.
  • Incident Management – They help you respond quickly and appropriately to cybersecurity incidents.
  • Coaching – They help the company’s executive with decision making, process implementation, and policy development.
  • Risk Assessment – They scan, survey, and monitor the IT systems as well as policies and protocols to spot and remedy any potential vulnerabilities.
  • Compliance Frameworks – They help the company by getting them in line with SANS Top 20, and NIST Framework’s critical controls.

Did You Know?

In-house CISO’s make anywhere from $100,000 to $225,000 thousand dollars a year? That’s a lot of money out of your operating or IT support budget. Our outsourced CISO program provides all of the enterprise-level security advantages at a fraction of the cost.

Why Have Access to a CISO?

  • There’s a growing legislative movement requiring, even small organizations, to have a CIO or CIS
  • Meeting compliance mandates requires having an executive onboard with an in-depth knowledge of cybersecurity.
  • The threats posed by criminals are quickly outpacing the solutions offered by garden-variety IT support teams.

Why Can’t We Just Promote Someone on Our Internal IT Staff to CISO?

There are industry best practice litmus tests complicating simply giving a current staff person a C-level title. Moving someone into the position of CISO isn’t as simple as a title bump. If the individual does not have the right industry training and experience, you are setting them up to fail and placing your IT infrastructure in a compromised state.

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