Virtual CISO (vCISO)

Virtual CISO services ensure continuous business compliance

With a shortage of trained professionals, recruiting a dedicated security expert with the knowledge and leadership required to prepare and execute a successful cyber-security strategy is time-consuming, expensive, and often simply not viable. Virtual CISO (vCISO) is a cost-effective alternative to hiring full-time CISOs to manage an organization’s security.

The virtual CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) service enables your business to call upon a highly qualified and experienced security professional to formulate optimal security strategy when required to ensure your company is acting in accordance with compliance guidelines such as ISO 27001, SOC2, HIPPA, GDRP, NESA, DIFC DPL, ADSIC, ISR or PCI-DSS.

By acting as an extension of your in-house team members, combined with an understanding of your business and strategy, the vCISO helps you assess security risks, threat landscape, incident response, review and govern company policies and procedures, and ensure controls are in place to demonstrate your information security program meets compliance to industry standards. It helps organizations hire security teams on-demand to do long-term strategic planning.

We provide Virtual CISO consultancy services in the form of an outsourced security consultant with relevant industry experience who assists an organization to help design or manage an organization’s security strategy.

The Value of Virtual CISO

Using blockchain-like technology to ensure data integrity can be proven with Virtual CISO

The Virtual CISO service uses a strong and detailed process to collect and store compliance evidence in a way that auditors love. A strong audit trail with blockchain-like technology assures that the evidence provided cannot be tampered with, without breaking the chain of trust that auditors require. Once submitted into the chain, the evidence is locked in and secured.

This method of evidence chain sealing ensures that the documents provided represent proof you are truly in control of your business processes.

The necessary information for example can be extracted from ticketing systems, so you don’t have to. Everything needed is extracted, validated, and stored within the evidence chain without your input.

Event-driven evidence control

It is vital that event-based evidence stays current. Old data is not something auditors like to see. We typically request that documents be added to the evidence chain at least four times a year, matching the intervals required by the SOC2 Type 2 standard. When this is not possible, the vCISO services adjust accordingly.

By adding the data into the same evidence chain as technical reports, policies, and procedures, a full timeline can be provided to auditors during their audit. That way, a fully linked set of evidence is provided to the auditor, demonstrating you are in control of your business.

The Virtual CISO services do the work for you

The team of Virtual CISO compliance specialists works around the clock on your behalf, working closely with the technical experts in the SOC. A lot of evidence can be gathered from these data sets.

Answers to policy-related topics in the compliance standards have to be retrieved from within the organization. It is important that we have access to, or receive the Information Security Management System (ISMS) information. Access to the policies and procedures provides the SOC team with much of the information and answers required.

Validation of control is governed and chased by the virtual CISO team so that these event-based reports can be added to the evidence chain. This can be things like reviewing user access controls, reviewing employee on and offboarding logs in correlation with these user access controls, firewall rule reviews, and even the change and incident management monitoring.

Based on the compliance guideline your company has to adhere to, different questions are asked and follow-up is actioned by the SOC team.

Virtual CISO (VCISO) flowchart

How vCISO relieves audit stress

Proving to an auditor that you are demonstrably in control can be a painstaking and time-consuming process where information must be retrieved from dozens of systems. Furthermore, the integrity of this data must be proven to ensure it hasn’t been tampered with.

The vCISO service helps eliminate all of these concerns by providing trouble-free and secure evidence chains, with flawless timeline reporting and proven data integrity. vCISO combines technical data from our MDR services, with event-driven customer evidence from internal systems as well as policies and procedures from within the ISMS. This unique combination of data allows us to create a one-stop solution that is modular, flexible, and more importantly, affordable!

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