Managing cybersecurity in today’s world, where all industries have digitally transformed their operations, is extremely difficult. Many businesses have migrated their IT operations to the cloud to support remote workforces, upgrade tools, reduce cost, and address new compliance and insurance requirements. These companies do not have the internal resources with the necessary experience and training to provide guidance and direction to protect the business.
There are two fundamental executive roles and functions that help businesses with their strategic planning and operational efficiency and efficacy:
A vCIO (virtual chief information officer) is a dedicated resource who serves as a Chief Information Officer on a flexible basis. The primary role of a vCIO is to formulate strategic IT goals for the company and then manage an IT strategy and budget in order to meet those goals.
A vCISO (virtual chief information security officer) is a dedicated resource who serves as a Chief Information Security Officer on a flexible basis. The vCISO is an experienced security practitioner who uses their years of cybersecurity and industry experience to help organizations to develop and manage the implementation of the organization’s information security program. At a high level, vCISO provides assistance and guidance to architect the organization’s security strategy. The vCISO also manages the implementation of the cybersecurity and information security plan. Additionally, the vCISO presents the organization’s state of information security to an organization’s board, executive team, auditors, or regulators.