We live and breathe in a world where cybersecurity dictates our lives. Having a high-level executive, such as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), who not only understands the business, but is also a highly-technical cybersecurity expert is crucial to most organizations. You won’t ride a ship without a captain, why would you want to run a company without an experienced CISO? If you don’t have a CISO on your staff because of the high cost of hiring one, you may want to consider SeattlePro’s CISO as a Service (CaaS) as an alternative.
Every organization needs a CISO, the question is can it afford one. Some organizations can’t afford to have an experienced full-time CISO and most CISOs don’t want to work part-time anyway. The best way to deal with this issue is to hire a virtual CISO (vCISO) from SeattlePro who can remotely work part-time for you as an independent contractor. In other words, you would only pay for the services you consume.
Here are some of the benefits of hiring a vCISO from SeattlePro.
Everyone knows that vCISOs are in great demand. According to Salary.com, the average annual salary of a full-time vCISO is $273,148. This includes the base salary and other elements. In the U.S. metropolitan areas, full-time vCISOs make closer to $400,000/year. For experienced vCISOs with over 15-20 years of experience, the annual compensation is often much higher. By hiring a vCISO from SeattlePro, you are only paying for the amount of CISO service you need so you don’t need to necessarily hire a full-time employee. Because our vCISOs usually work as Independent Contractors, you don’t have to pay any benefits (health insurance, 401-K, vacation, business liability insurance, moving expenses, etc.).
The significance of business continuity can’t be ignored. Cybersecurity impacts almost every aspect of your business and there’s hardly a time when you’re not juggling several cybersecurity projects simultaneously. You can’t afford your CISO to leave when she gets a better offer from another organization, especially when you are in the middle of some critical projects. That’s when a vCISO can be a valuable resource. Here are some important points to consider.
If your organization can’t afford to hire a full-time experienced CISO, you can hire the same experienced CISO who is qualified to work for a multi-billion dollar corporation as a part-time vCISO for you. SeattlePro’s vCISOs are highly-qualified technical experts who have worked as C-level executives. Most of them are well-known nationally and/or internationally in the cybersecurity field, speak publicly at conferences and seminars, many of them are established authors, and they have experience working as a vCISO in the real-world. In addition, our vCISOs hold some of the top security credentials and certifications, such as Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO), etc.
By hiring our vCISO, you can avoid the cost of adding a full-time employee to your team and pay only for the services and time that’s necessary at a cost that’s usually between 20% – 40% of a CISO’s standard industry salary.
When you hire a vCISO from SeattlePro, you are hiring a person to represent your organization as a high-level security expert to your customers, partners, vendors, and to your industry.
Our vCISOs work remotely, usually on a part-time basis, and avoid the typical office politics. Because our vCISOs work from home, they don’t have to fight the daily commute. This means they have less stress, they can better focus on their work, and can work longer hours in case of an emergency.
SeattlePro’s vCISOs have no agenda and their only goal is to serve your interest as cybersecurity experts. They are truly “independent” contractors who come with a vendor-agnostic view, which is helpful when you want to control the proliferation of vendors and tools in your environment.
Our vCISOs are primarily focused on enhancing your security posture and providing the necessary guidance to secure your business assets. We can help you consolidate your vendors, if possible, to enhance your security and lower the overall costs.
In addition to some of the major benefits of hiring one of our vCISOs listed above, there are some additional advantages offered by our vCISO consulting services that you may find are crucial to the success of your cybersecurity programs. SeattlePro’s vCISO role can:
Please contact us if you would like to know more about our vCISO services and various plans, or are interested in an assessment and analysis of your organization’s current security infrastructure and environment. There are lots of ways we can assist you and we would love to share our approach and methodology that’s customized for your organization.