Strategic Virtual CISO (vCISO) Services

Virtual CISO (vCISO) advisory services to help executives & security teams safeguard information assets while supporting business operations.

Virtual CISO

Virtual CISO: Augmented cyber expertise available to reduce risk, and elevate your commitment to security

Irrespective of regulatory scrutiny in your industry or your organization, too much is at stake to not have a CISO on your team. A full-time security leader has the specialized technical knowledge and corporate governance experience to build strong cyber security foundations. That leader also has the agility to prevent, detect and mitigate evolving threats.

Our virtual CISO team of experts include former CISOs from a variety of industries who can strengthen your existing staff. They can set strategic objectives to support business-critical technology demands, and balance IT administration, as well as establish clear communication with the board of directors, investors, and government agencies.

Whether you are looking for an interim CISO or a longer-term arrangement, our Virtual CISO services provide the leadership you need, when you need it.

Every day it becomes more essential for all types of organization to have a Security Manager, who can align the business strategy with the risks, the threats of hackers, the information theft that constantly occurs in most companies, Potential security breaches.

Unfortunately, it is not easy to have the resources and profile that this requires. Hedgehog makes it possible to have a CISO, perfectly adapted to the peculiarities of the company, optimizing resources. We have been providing a virtualised CISO service since 2009 as part of our consulting services.

vCISO is a service adapted to the needs of each company. We have professionals with extensive experience in Cyber ​​Security capable of establishing strategies, plans and applying different Security methodologies in multiple organizations.

Our vCISOs advise and analyze the risks of the company and the sector in which they are located, helping to establish a Cyber ​​Security strategy that is maintained over time, proposing action plans and giving them support with the aim of continuously increasing the Security of all aspects of the company.

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Prepare, Protect, Strengthen

Our virtual CISO services are tailored to your specific situation and information security needs. There is no one single virtual CISO package that would be suitable for the majority of businesses. Every engagement is tailored to each clients exacting needs. There are, however, a number of options when it comes to the scope and length of services. In our vCISO service there are five areas where most organizations benefit from the experience of a virtual CISO.

Writing a Cyber Security Strategy can be a daunting take. Guiding executives across business function and IT, our vCISO service helps identify business threats, provides a baseline for your current security program and defines security strategy in line with business objectives and technology strategies.

Our phased approach helps ensure an effective and efficient strategy that leverages ISO27001, ISO22301 and NIST 800-53 and can be mapped to multiple cyber regulations (e.g., PCI, HIPAA, GDPR, FINRA, NYDFS).

A typical Cyber Security Strategy will have two visions. The first is a twelve month vision, where you expect to reach in the next twelve months. Following that is the three year vision. The three year vision is where you want to reach in the coming three years.

Evaluating culture, processes and technologies from a security governance perspective, our vCISO service develops prioritized actions to help effectively manage your information security strategy and program. Assessments can include:

  • Interviews with stakeholders across the technical, business and executive teams as well as gathering documentation
  • Robust reviews of a variety of areas, including information asset management, acceptable use policies, data classification, threat and vulnerability management and third-party management
Based on the assessment findings, our vCISO service can provide various types and levels of ongoing support, including:

  • Developing policies and procedures to close gaps in documentation
  • Developing a remediation plan with actionable, prioritized recommendations
  • Implementing the remediation plan
  • Providing ongoing strategic guidance that is less intensive, but assists the organization in maintaining long-term goals
Security awareness is an important part of maintaining a robust program. Your vCISO can recommend and help implement training on topics for every level of user group within your organization. This can range from the highly technical (e.g., secure coding practices) to general data handling education to combating business email compromise. The vCISO can also oversee controlled phishing campaigns, conducted by Hedgehog, to determine security awareness levels among employees.

For organizations looking to build from the ground up, our vCISO service can provide your team with necessary system hardening configuration guides and network designs. This will also include multiple security protections and incident monitoring controls.

Experience, Expertise, Leadership

Our virtual CISO services are drawn on the experience of former CISOs from a variety of industries. From professional services firms to eGaming and high tech industries. All bring a valuable blend of technical, executive and organizational experience. Our CISO team is among the most accomplished technical experts practicing today, with special insight into evolving threats and solutions from their work at the front lines of cyber security.

All of our CISO team have a minimum of five years CISO experience in large or high tech organisations. A number of our Chief Information Security Officer team have a government or military background at the start of their CISO careers.

Finding an experienced, well-qualified CISO in today’s competitive information security job market can be challenging, time-consuming and expensive. If you need a CISO now, then this is the perfect time to consider the Hedgehog Virtual CISO service.