Can your business afford a full-time CISO?

The average base salary for a Chief Information Security Officer in the US is $160,000 per year.

Talent.com – April 2022

Less cost, same support

Get a virtual CISO for a fraction of the cost of employing a full-time internal CISO, while retaining all the benefits. Use your security budget more effectively and only pay for the time you need.

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Improve your security

Your experienced consultant will provide objective, independent advice on all security matters and help you to manage risk on an ongoing basis.

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Get tailored advice

Your dedicated security manager will quickly become an extension of your team, helping you to create and implement a security action plan based on your business priorities and industry requirements.

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Free up your time

Security queries from customers and lengthy supplier questionnaires can take up a lot of your time. Your vCISO will take this off your plate and let you get back to business.

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Obtain certifications

Get help with gaining security certifications such as Cyber Essentials, Cyber Essentials Plus and ISO 27001. We will guide you through the entire process and help you maintain your certifications each year.

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Everything you need to manage your security

Get access to an experienced security professional that will be dedicated to your organisation and responsible for:

  • Drafting and managing policies and procedures
  • Arranging infosec training for staff and board members
  • Reporting to senior management and the board
  • Supplier due diligence
  • Conducting internal audits and supporting with certification body audits
  • Responding to customer queries and completing security forms
  • Maintaining your Information Security Management System (ISMS)
  • Improving your security and reducing risk

Your vCISO can also help with achieving and maintaining certifications such as ISO 27001, Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus.

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Get access to additional tools

As part of your vCISO service you’ll get access to a range of extra Threat Management tools delivered through our SaaS platform.

Your vCISO will use the features in the Defense.com™ platform to help you to identify, prioritize and remediate threats.

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Our certified and knowledgeable consultants can help you review and manage your information security processes, no matter the size of your business or industry sector.

Our team of experts have years of experience in many different areas of compliance and cyber security, ensuring that you are getting the best possible advice for any scenario your business encounters.

Your named vCISO will become an extension of your team, working closely with you to identify your priorities and create a clear roadmap of activities moving forward.

Protecting the world’s leading brands and SMEs

Feedback from Adzuna

The vCISO service has ensured our continued compliance with the ISO 27001 standard, enabling us to successfully secure UK Government procurement contracts and build credibility with our global client base. The dedicated support we have received has meant information security is a consideration at every touchpoint throughout the business, strengthening our processes and resilience against cyber threats.

Scott Hunter Head of Government Services, Adzuna

Improve your security with the help of a virtual CISO

Virtual CISO FAQs

A Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is responsible for managing information and data security at an organisation. However, as CISOs are often an expensive hire and hard to source, a virtual CISO can be a perfect alternative.

By outsourcing your CISO duties, you can still get all the benefits without the financial implications of hiring for an internal role. When you choose Defense.com™ to provide your vCISO service, you will get access to a dedicated consultant with a wealth of experience. They will be able to provide tailored security recommendations for your business and oversee the management of both business and customer data.

As part of your vCISO service you will get:

  • A dedicated information security professional who will get to know your business
  • A business health check with a detailed action plan
  • Information security training for staff and board members
  • Assistance with drafting policies and procedures
  • Providing a pathway to ISO 27001 with guided support and implementation
  • Assistance with Cyber Essentials and Cyber Essentials Plus certifications
  • Development and ongoing management of risk methodology, asset-based risk assessment and risk treatment plan
  • Creation of board briefings and KPI reporting where required
  • Business continuity and incident response plan development and the provision of table top exercises
  • Updates on the latest vulnerabilities as well as security recommendations
  • The set up and management of an information security committee
  • Assistance with supplier due diligence
  • Annual review to monitor progress and action new priorities
  • 6 monthly service reviews
  • Monthly catch up with ability to contact your security consultant 9am - 5.30pm Monday to Friday

Yes, your virtual CISO can help you with all aspects of your journey to ISO 27001 certification and can get your business audit-ready. From an initial gap analysis to implementation, we can help you obtain ISO 27001 as part of your vCISO service and maintain your ISMS on an ongoing basis.

If your organisation is already ISO 27001 certified then you can get extended support from your virtual CISO:

  • Acting Information Security Manager who will own and continuously improve your ISMS
  • Updating and managing your policies and procedures
  • Conducting mandatory management reviews
  • Conducting internal audits and supporting with certification body audits

The price of a virtual CISO service will vary depending on the size of your organisation, the work required and your security objectives. We’ll conduct an introductory scoping call to identify your requirements and business priorities, after which we can advise you on the best solution for your needs.

With Defense.com™ you can choose our virtual CISO service on its own or get it included as part of a package.