Having someone in charge of your security is vital to your company in the Information Technology Age. But if your business is just getting on its feet, hiring someone full-time – with executive-level pay – can be challenging, if not impossible.
This is where a Virtual (C)ISO can come in handy. You hire them for a set number of hours a week and they perform the (C)ISO job remotely. Depending on the size of your business, you can scale the hours required while ensuring that your company’s data security is in good hands.
Many companies assign security duties to on-site personnel as a secondary part of their job. The problem is that it is not their area of expertise – and this leads to information security taking a backseat to other tasks.
Of course, some companies learn to their cost how dangerous it can be to put inexperienced managers into information security positions. It can lead to data breaches, sensitive or confidential information being disclosed, and malware attacks that can cripple productivity and profits. But bringing a new person on board, full-time, can be daunting if not impossible, depending on the size of your company.
(C)ISO stands for Chief Information Security Officer. And the good news is that with a Virtual (C)ISO, the duties of a (C)ISO can be performed off-site on a part-time basis. This means that for a budget-conscious company, a Virtual (C)ISO can be an ideal solution.
It frees up the time for your staff to do what they are good at – while maintaining the highest levels of information security.
A Virtual (C)ISO works like any other employee – except you don’t have them on site, don’t pay them full-time, and don’t offer them benefits.
They perform their duties on a contract basis. You can bring in a Virtual (C)ISO for a specific project, or purchase a set number of hours and use them when you need them.
They can advise on any number of issues, including:
Whether your best practices meet current regulations
Any issues in your security protocol that need updating
If there is a risk inside your organisation from personnel
Cross-compliance issues – not all nations share the same data protection laws
Protecting your data
Planning for a data breach – because time is essential when you are compromised.
Data security should be a priority for any company. You shouldn’t pray that breaches won’t happen, or rely on an untrained worker to be up-to-date on security issues.
If you can’t afford to hire a full time Information Security Officer, then you need to have a Virtual (C)ISO at your disposal.
100% Security Labs can provide your company a Virtual (C)ISO that will work with your schedule and budgetary needs. And when your company grows enough to need a (C)ISO on-site, we can even help with recruitment.