Virtual CISO: Virtual Chief Information Security Officer

Virtual CISO

Virtual Chief Information Security Officer

Simplify your information security with a Virtual CISO.

Virtual CISO (vCISO) is a service designed to make top-tier security analysts available to your organization for security expertise and guidance.

Our team of experts has decades of experience building information security programs that work WITH your business objectives and show measurable improvements to your security posture.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Virtual CISO?

vCISO (Virtual CISO) is a service designed to make top-tier security experts available to organizations who need security expertise and guidance. Our team of experts have decades of experience; building information security programs that work WITH business objectives and show measurable improvement to security posture.

Should I hire a CISO or a Virtual CISO?

A full-time Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is salaried at $180k-$200k. Add on benefits, bonuses, stock programs, etc, the total compensation is $250k-$300k. A virtual CISO (vCISO) can cost a fraction of that amount. So, why doesn’t everyone outsource their CISO?

vCISO services can cost as little as $35k per year and as much as $250k per year. Our typical vCISO engagements decrease in cost over time as our client’s security programs go into “maintenance mode,” where the constant building effort is no longer a factor.

How much does a Virtual CISO cost?

vCISO services can cost as little as $35k per year and as much as $250k per year. Our typical vCISO engagements decrease in cost over time as our client’s security programs go into “maintenance mode,” where the constant building effort is no longer a factor.

What does a Virtual CISO include?

FRSecure’s vCISO (Virtual CISO) offering is meant to be flexible in order to meet the needs of each of our clients. Engagements typically follow a cycle of assess, plan and remediate.

Whether you need high level guidance on a monthly or quarterly basis or need hands-on help several days per week, our vCISO’s will be able to build a solution for you.

Typical objectives of vCISO engagements include:

  • Information security leadership and guidance
  • Steering committee leadership or participation
  • Security compliance management
  • Security policy, process, and procedure development
  • Incident response planning
  • Security training and awareness
  • Security assessment
  • Internal audit
  • Penetration testing
  • Social engineering
  • Vulnerability assessments
  • Risk assessment
  • And much, much more.

Your Situation

I can’t afford/don’t need a full time CISO

Most small and middle-sized organizations don’t have the money to hire a CISO or enough work to keep one busy. vCISO is a great way to apply verifiable industry experience to clarifying your needs and apply scalable bandwidth and flexible costs.

I‘m in IT/HR/Finance/Compliance/Business and don’t know where to start

Most organizations’ appointed “security officers” have very little formal security training and would not count security as their primary job function. Hiring a vCISO will bring access to a team of experts with a wide range of specialized expertise to help augment internal capabilities.

We had a person who did all this stuff, but left and we’re not sure what we want to do

The market for security talent is tough. No turnover is a vCISO advantage as is the application of a proven methodology. Whether you decide to hire another full-time security professional or not, a vCISO can bridge the gap and make sure that expertise isn’t lost in the transition.

Whatever your security challenge, it never hurts to talk to an expert. If we can’t address your need directly, we’ll get you pointed in the right direction.