Benefits of a Virtual CISO

By October 3, 2017Blog, cybersecurity
security-awareness

With all the recent cyber breaches that have made the news these last few months; company confidential information is now becoming public news.  No longer are company’s assets an internal matter, they are being made available on the dark web for sale to the highest bidder.

Companies are struggling to keep their assets up to date and adhere to all the security best practices, such as patching and last privilege access, even two-factor authentication, malicious attackers are finding easy routes into what was once a safe-haven. These attacks are not just for large corporates, but even small businesses are now being targeted, though automated scanning and exploitation.

Pressure is now building, companies are now looking to ensure they are protected and that they aren’t the next one to make the news.  Accreditations such as Cyber Essentials and ISO 27001 can help a business ensure that that the foundations are put in place, but if a company doesn’t have the resources to keep up with the threats daily, they need to look elsewhere.

The CISO

This is where the Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) service comes in from TeraByte. The Virtual CISO service is a managed service which allows the company to have a point of contact for all IT related matters, and is paid for monthly. This subscription type model allows companies to know what they are paying as well as saving costs due to being more cost effecting than hiring a permanent member of staff.

A Virtual CISO can help your business in many ways:

Expertise

CISO’s have been in the IT industry for many years and usually have had exposure to a wide range of technology, skills and business functions.  This is no different for TeraByte, our service leverages over 25 years of IT experience, ranging from networking, support, development, security and management.  The CISO can act as a mentor to your internal team, allowing you to obtain fresh skills and outside knowledge that otherwise may not have been obtained.

Cost-Effective

The cost of a C-Level security manager is an expensive part of the businesses yearly spend, not including the additional training and associated costs that go alongside it.  Implementing a Virtual CISO service from TeraByte allows you to save costs by not having to spend on training, expenses and higher salaries.  You only pay for what you need, if you only want a month, you only pay for a month.

Flexibility

Virtual CISO’s are generally available to help your business at any time, whether its onsite or offsite.  Depending upon the agreement that is selected, the service is highly scalable and allows you to tailor the service to best fit your needs.  Need someone in next week to help you design and overhaul your IT security? No problem.

Independence

Bringing in an external entity can help bring in a fresh outlook to how the business is being ran, they can provide additional insight to what the business may need.   They are not bound by the politics of the business and can recommend products and services that otherwise may not have been selected.

Increased Resource

With a Virtual CISO, you as a business can concentrate on other parts of the business and ensure that you are spending more time dealing with internal issues than worrying about other matters. You are safe in the knowledge that you have an experienced and knowledgeable person overseeing your IT security.

Summary

We hope this post is informative, and that if you are thinking about how to take your next steps to securing your business, consider the Virtual CISO service from TeraByte.  If you have any questions or queries relating to this service, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.