Virtual CISO (vCISO) Advisory Services
Our Virtual CISO (vCISO) services help a company’s executives as well as its security and technology teams safeguard information assets and enhance business operations with augmented cyber expertise, reducing risk, signaling a commitment to data security, and enhancing the overall security posture.Contact Us
In the current cyber security environment, there is simply too much at stake for companies – regardless of industry – to not employ a chief information security officer (CISO). A data security leader brings both technical expertise and corporate governance experience to help the company build a strong cyber security foundation and develop the necessary agility to prevent, detect and mitigate evolving threats.
Kroll’s team of experts include seasoned former CISOs from a variety of industries with the technical expertise to enhance the capabilities of an existing staff, set strategic objectives to support business-critical technology demands and balance IT administration. They can also establish clear lines of communication with board members, investors and government agencies.
Whether a company needs an interim CISO, additional resources to support the current CISO or a longer-term arrangement, Kroll’s Virtual CISO Advisory Services provide the leadership companies need, when they need it.
A vCISO from Kroll will bring the technical expertise, business acumen and communication skills to make an immediate impact. The experts on our team have experience in a broad range of industries, working for companies of various sizes. From Day 1, they will work to align effective information security strategies with the company’s unique needs and challenges. Services and offerings include:
- Setting and/or directing the implementation of privacy and security policies, standards, procedures and guidelines
- Managing and directing information security teams
- Engaging with the company’s management
- Performing risk assessments on operational security
- Relaying threat intelligence and managing enterprise security
- Crisis management
Sample high-level security strategy outline
Kroll’s Virtual CISO Advisory Services Help You Prepare, Protect and Strengthen Defenses
We tailor our vCISO Advisory Services to the client’s specific situation and information security needs. While they have several options regarding the scope and duration of services, vCISO clients typically see benefits in four areas:
Guiding executives across business function and IT, a Kroll vCISO can help a company identify business threats, provide a baseline for existing security programs and set security strategy in line with business objectives and technology capabilities.
Our phased approach ensures the implementation of an effective and efficient strategy that leverages NIST 800-53 and can be mapped to multiple cyber regulations (e.g., PCI, GDPR, FINRA, NYDFS, and HIPAA).
Kroll’s vCISO can evaluate a company’s culture, processes and technologies from a security governance perspective to develop plans and prioritize actions to effectively manage the company’s information security strategy. Assessments may include:
- Interviews with members of the technical, business and executive teams as well as gathering documentation
- Substantive reviews of the company’s progress and performance in a variety of areas, including information asset management, acceptable use policies, data classification, threat and vulnerability management and third-party management
Using the assessment findings, Kroll’s vCISO can provide varying levels of ongoing support in several different areas, including:
- Developing policies and procedures to close gaps in documentation
- Creating a remediation plan with actionable, prioritized recommendations
- Implementing the remediation plan
- Providing ongoing – but less intensive – strategic guidance to assist the organization in maintaining long-term goals
Security awareness is an important part of maintaining an effective program. A vCISO can recommend and help implement training for every level of user group within an organization. This might range from the highly technical (e.g., secure coding practices) to general data handling to combating business email compromise. The vCISO can also oversee controlled phishing campaigns, conducted by Kroll, to ascertain security awareness among employees.
IT Environment Security Design
For organizations looking to build from the ground up, Kroll’s vCISO can provide a company’s security team with the configuration guides and network designs that are necessary to harden a security system. This will also include multiple security protections and incident monitoring controls.
Virtual CISOs Bring Experience, Expertise, Leadership
Kroll’s vCISO services draw on the experience of former CISOs from a variety of industries—from professional services firms to multinational conglomerates and almost everything in between. They offer a valuable blend of technical, executive and organizational experience and are among the most accomplished technical experts in any field. Our vCISOs are supported by a global, multidisciplinary team that includes former agents from UK Intelligence, Interpol, FBI and U.S. Secret Service, among other key law enforcement agencies. The team also features former information technology and security executives, digital forensic scientists, intelligence analysts, and regulatory specialists across a wide range of industries. This high-caliber team can put virtually any company’s information security program on the maturity fast track.
Finding an experienced, well-qualified CISO to work in-house in today’s competitive information security job market can be challenging, time-consuming and expensive. For companies that need a CISO now, Kroll’s Virtual CISO Advisory Services are a perfect option at the perfect time.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a virtual CISO?
A virtual chief information security officer (“virtual CISO” or “vCISO”) is a specialist information security professional that organizations can call on for support with planning and executing an effective cybersecurity strategy. Virtual CISOs provide vital security experience, expertise and leadership to companies as and when they need it.
What does a virtual CISO do?
A virtual CISO provides an independent perspective, acting as an extension of a business to help it address challenges involved with managing information security. This may be on a regular or project-by-project basis, or for specific business goals. A vCISO’s role is wide-ranging and defined by the needs of each organization. It can involve assessing potential risks and developing policies, procedures and controls to help ensure that an organization’s security practices meet compliance standards.
What services can a vCISO provide?
A vCISO provides a range of services aimed at helping companies enhance their cybersecurity posture. The full scale and scope of the service will be defined by the provider and can vary significantly depending on business requirements. Services provided can include building and managing in-house security teams, writing security policies and procedures, completing risk assessments on operational security, sharing threat intelligence and providing advice and support in a crisis.
What are the benefits of a vCISO service?
A vCISO service enables organizations without an in-house chief information security officer to manage cybersecurity risk in a cost-effective manner. Rather than having to source and pay for in-house specialists, companies can access highly qualified and experienced security expertise when they need it. By providing a critical combination of technical knowledge and corporate governance experience on a flexible basis, a vCISO ensures that a business is better placed to tackle current and emerging security threats.
How do I know if using a vCISO service is appropriate for my organization?
Because virtual CISO services can be provided on an ad hoc basis, they can flex to suit the requirements of each individual organization. vCISO providers should be able to provide both on-site and remote support as and when you need it, with consultancy hours that can be scaled up or down in accordance with your organization’s requirements.
How much does a vCISO service cost?
The specific cost of a vCISO service will vary according to the particular needs and security requirements of your business. By reducing the potential damage caused by cyber threats and removing the pressure to recruit in-house security experts, a high-quality vCISO service offers great value to organizations.
What type of expertise should I look for in a potential vCISO?
A potential vCISO should be able to demonstrate not only proven cybersecurity experience but also up-to-date industry insight. Apart from a strong track record of supporting organizations, they should also have the network and industry knowledge to source additional services and experts as and when required.