Cyber Risk

Virtual CISO (vCISO) Advisory Services

Kroll CISO advisory services help executives and security teams safeguard information assets while supporting business operations.

Kroll Virtual CISOS: Augmented Cyber Expertise Reduces Business Risk, Signals Commitment to Data Security

Irrespective of regulatory scrutiny in your industry or your organization, too much is at stake to not have a CISO on your team. A full-time data security leader has the specialized technical knowledge and corporate governance experience to help build not only a strong cyber security foundation, but also the agility to prevent, detect and mitigate evolving threats.

Kroll’s team of experts include former CISOs from a variety of industries who can strengthen your existing staff, set strategic objectives to support business-critical technology demands and balance IT administration, as well as establish clear communication with the board of directors, investors and government agencies.

Whether you are looking for an interim CISO or a longer-term arrangement, Kroll’s Virtual CISO Advisory Services provide the leadership you need, when you need it.

You can rely on a virtual CISO from Kroll to have the technical expertise and business acumen to make an immediate difference. Our experts have served in a broad range of industries — they will know how to align information security strategies with your company’s unique needs and challenges.

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Kroll’s Virtual CISO Advisory Services Help You Prepare, Protect and Strengthen Defenses

Our CISO Advisory Services are tailored to your specific situation and information security needs. While you have a number of options when it comes to the scope and length of services, there are four areas where most organizations benefit from the experience of a virtual CISO:

Strategy Definition

Guiding executives across business function and IT, Kroll’s virtual CISO helps identify business threats, baseline your current security program, and define security strategy in line with business objectives and technology strategies.

Our phased approach helps ensure an effective and efficient strategy that leverages NIST 800-53 and can be mapped to a number of cyber regulations (e.g., PCI, HIPAA, GDPR, FINRA, NYDFS).

Strategic Virtual CISO Services & Interim CISO


Evaluating culture, processes and technologies from a security governance perspective, Kroll’s virtual CISO develops a prioritized set of actions to help effectively manage your information security strategy and program. Assessments can include:

  • Interviews with stakeholders across the technical, business and executive teams as well as gathering documentation
  • Robust reviews on a variety of areas, including information asset management, acceptable use policies, data classification, threat and vulnerability management and third party management


Based on the assessment findings, Kroll’s virtual CISO can provide various types and levels of ongoing support, including:

  • Developing policies and procedures to close gaps in documentation
  • Developing a remediation plan with actionable, prioritized recommendations
  • Implementing the remediation plan
  • Providing ongoing strategic guidance that is less intensive, but assists the organization in maintaining long-term goals


Security awareness is an important part of maintaining a robust program. Your virtual CISO can recommend and help implement training on topics for every level of user group within your organization. This can range from the highly technical (e.g., secure coding practices) to general data handling education to combating business email compromise. The virtual CISO can also oversee controlled phishing campaigns, conducted by Kroll, to determine security awareness levels among employees.

IT Environment Security Design

For organizations looking to build from the ground up, Kroll’s virtual CISO can provide your team with necessary system hardening configuration guides and network designs. This will also include multiple security protections and incident monitoring controls.

Virtual CISOs Bring Experience, Expertise, Leadership

Kroll’s Virtual CISO Advisory Services are drawn on the experience of former CISOs from a variety of industries – from professional services firms to multinational conglomerates – and bring a valuable blend of technical, executive and organizational experience. They are among the most accomplished technical experts practicing today, with special insight into evolving threats and solutions from their work at the front lines of cyber security. Kroll’s virtual CISOs are enhanced by our global, multidisciplinary team that includes former FBI, interpol and USSS agents; former information technology and security executives; digital forensic scientists; intelligence analysts; and regulatory specialists from a wide variety of industries. This high-caliber team will help put your entire information security program on the maturity fast track.

Finding an experienced, well-qualified CISO in today’s competitive information security job market can be challenging, time-consuming and expensive. If you need a CISO now, then this is the perfect time to consider Kroll’s Virtual CISO Advisory Services.

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