CISO vs. vCISO: Which One Should You Choose?

In today’s technology-saturated world, businesses and other entities need to manage their information security risks effectively. There are multiple ways to go about achieving this goal through direct hiring of in-house help or through outsourcing. The decision on whether to outsource to a virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) or hire an in-house Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) is a crucial first significant step in establishing a security program for your organization. At Digital Maelstrom, we can serve as your vCISCO to provide you with highly effective IT security services for your organization.


Hiring vCISO is a creative solution

Here is some information to help you decide between hiring a CISO or vCISO to handle your IT security needs.

Advantages of Using a vCISO

Enhancing Knowledge

The employees in many organizations, especially smaller companies, handle multiple duties and are sometimes spread thin. Because of this, many employees in these situations are generalists and not specialists in IT security. They lack the skills and training to deal with in-depth security concerns. A vCISO can provide the knowledge and expertise from extensive training and experience to enhance your organization’s internal capabilities.


Minimizing Cost

Many small and medium-sized businesses lack the financial resources to hire a full-time CISO or lack the in-house resources to use the Security Officer’s time properly. Using a vCISO, you have a cost-efficient way to utilize professional IT security knowledge and experience for your organization.


Limiting Turnover

A vCISO minimizes turnover from in-house employees and provides proven security solutions maintained and not lost due to employee changes and transitions.

Advantages of Using a CISCO

Influence Upon Management

With a full-time CISCO working in-house, you may see a fast improvement in your organization’s security posture due to the Officer’s ability to leverage his or her influence on executive management in person.

Exclusive Focus on Your Security Needs

A full-time in-house CISCO will focus exclusively on your organization’s security needs and work directly in person with your security team alone. A vCISO, just like any consultant, may have more than one client.

Perception from Customers

A full-time in-house CISCO may benefit your public relations and marketing efforts. The appearance alone of a full-time IT security officer can give you a competitive advantage over your competitors if they don’t have one.

Overall, using a vCISO can provide you with many, if not all, of all the services in a practical sense that you can get from a full-time in-house CISCO. But with a vCISO, you can minimize your IT security costs.

To learn about how we can serve as your vCISO and provide you with the IT security and other related software solutions you need, give us a call today at 816.200.0245 or leave us a message through our contact form to reach an IT advisor from our team.


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