vCISO Services and Virtual Security Team Services

Information Security Expertise On Tap for Your Business

Our vCISO and Virtual Security Team Services Provide the Security Expertise and Leadership Your Business Needs to Establish and Drive Your Unique InfoSec Program.

Many small to medium sized businesses need strategic guidance and tactical support for their information security programs—but can’t afford the expense of a full-time CISO. Led by a vCISO and supported by a Program Manager, vCISO Services and Virtual Security Team Services from Pivot Point Security offer whatever security expertise you need “on tap” while saving you most of the cost of a conventional CISO.

vCISO Services

Pivot Point Security’s vCISO Services are provided by a Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO), who can handle any and all of the duties of a full-time CISO. A vCISO’s focus is typically on establishing and driving an organization’s information security vision, strategy and overall program so you—and your customers, management, regulators and other stakeholders—can rest assured your information assets are protected.

Our vCISO Services are extremely flexible and can be tailored for your business:

  • High level to down in the weeds – vCISO Services ensure you get the strategic guidance you need to meet your security goals, along with deep subject matter expertise wherever and whenever you need it. Because your vCISO is supported by an experienced team, he or she can serve as an extension of your team to direct your information security program both strategically and tactically.
  • Specific focus to broad spectrum – Your vCISO and Virtual Security Team can handle the full spectrum of your company’s InfoSec needs; or center on one or several high-priority issues, projects or programs to deliver the greatest benefit in terms of risk reduction, regulatory compliance, ISO 27001 or other certification, etc.
  • Once per month to every day – A vCISO can support your organization on a frequent, near daily basis, or can integrate with current staff as appropriate to meet longer-term goals.

Virtual Security Team

A Virtual Security Team of hands-on technical experts is “on call” to support your vCISO with building out, extending and/or maintaining your information security controls. Depending on your needs at any given time, your Virtual Security Team can include specialists in these and other fields:

Security Awareness Education – Application Security – Vendor Risk Management
 
Governance, Risk and Compliance – Assessments and Audits – Incident Response – 
Network Security – Business Continuity Management – Penetration Testing/Phishing

Drowning in Responsibility

CIOs and CTOs often struggle to “keep their heads above water” in a stormy sea of demands from internal and external stakeholders like customers, regulators and senior management.

 Keeping various new demands afloat while making headway with putting security controls in line with current plans can be extremely difficult.

As a result, many CIOs and CTOs are not fully confident their company’s information security program is moving in the right direction.

Choices for Your vCISO Services and Virtual Security Team Arrangement

Toss You a Life Preserver

For many CIOs and CTOs, acting as the “point person” for stakeholders’ information security demands is a core part of their job description.

But a little help can go a long way in this regard. With support from a dedicated vCISO and Program Manager plus a Virtual Security Team, you’ll have access to all the skill sets you need to efficiently handle pressure from customers, employees, regulators and other stakeholders.

This approach guides you away from the storm, but keeps you moving at a measured pace toward your desired state.

Pick You Up in a Boat

If you’re like many CIOs and CTOs, you want to stay involved in security requests from your major stakeholders. However, you don’t want to be responsible for following up and responding to all the queries on an everyday basis.

If that sounds like you, why not let a dedicated vCISO, a Program Manager and a Virtual Security Team help keep you out of deep water and moving smoothly toward your destination of choice.

With vCISO Services, you have a security expert to share the responsibility, to lighten the load of your everyday InfoSec tasks. This can help accelerate your forward progress and keep you on the right heading.

The Ultimate Security Cruise

Many CIOs and CTOs would prefer to delegate the ongoing security-related questions and concerns of their company’s clients, vendors, legal staff, etc.

With this approach, your dedicated vCISO, Virtual Security Team and Program Manager can effectively run your security organization for you. This gives you the ultimate confidence, stability and effectiveness on route to your security destination.

Like Relaxing on the Beach (Almost)

Whatever level of engagement you choose, your vCISO and Virtual Security Team from Pivot Point Security will help you steer clear of squalls and guide your information security program to short- and longer-term success.

Reach your InfoSec destination!

Download our vCISO Implementation Roadmap for step-by-step guidance to ensure success with your vCISO

vCISO Services and Virtual Security Team Services Roadmap

  • Scope – Via an initial scoping exercise, Pivot Point Security will pinpoint your sensitive data; and document processes that act on that data, along with assets (systems/personnel/vendors) that support those processes and relevant laws/contracts/regulations. We will also uncover other internal/external business and technology issues that affect your risk profile and associated risk treatment decisions. The outcome is a well-defined understanding of your current risk profile.
  • Risk – Pivot Point Security will quickly perform a risk assessment to document your business’ intrinsic risks.
  • Gap – Pivot Point Security will quickly perform a gap assessment to gauge the reliability of critical information security controls and to evaluate residual risk.
  • Vision – Pivot Point Security will chart a holistic information security vision for your business, along with a high-level roadmap to realize that vision.
  • Priorities – Pivot Point Security will suggest security goals for your business for a 90-day period (our first 90-day plan).
  • Treatment – Pivot Point Security will develop gap treatment and risk treatment plans, which in turn will be the foundation for your strategic security roadmap.
  • Manage – Pivot Point Security will meet with you on a regular basis (e.g., every two weeks or monthly) to monitor progress in relation to your plan, deal with any current issues that are affecting the plan, talk over new issues that have come up, and adjust your plan as required.
  • Improve – Pivot Point Security will meet with you on a quarterly basis (about every 90 days) to evaluate our progress and formulate a new plan for the upcoming 90-day period.

vCISO FAQs:

What is a vCISO?

A vCISO is an outsourced information security practitioner who provides expertise and guidance, as well as strategic and operational leadership, to an organization on an ongoing basis, usually part-time and remotely. The vCISO performs many or all the functions of a full-time CISO on a fractional basis.

How can a vCISO help my business?

A virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) can help an organization:

  1. Save considerable money over the salary and other costs of a full-time CISO
  2. Get the expertise and consistent guidance of a CISO even if they don’t need one full-time
  3. Create and execute a holistic information security strategy
  4. Identify, analyze and address information security risks
  5. Manage an in-house information security team
  6. Deal with regulations (e.g., the NYDFS cybersecurity regulation) that mandate the designation of a qualified CISO
  7. Address critical project-based or point-in-time security concerns, such as those arising from a data breach, a merger/acquisition, new regulatory, or client demands, etc.

When to hire a vCISO?

Here are the top reasons to consider hiring a virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO):

  1. If you’re unable to afford or attract the security talent you need for a project or longer-term
  2. If you need specialized security expertise, leadership, or strategic vision
  3. If regulations mandate that you designate a vCISO
  4. When you recognize you need to systematically improve your information security posture
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