A virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) is an independent resource that acts as a trusted advisor to the business providing the knowledge and skills needed to ensure that it meets its information security governance, risk and compliance management objectives. In short, you get the talent and experience you need without the overhead. Given the skills shortage in the market today, the service delivers an exceptional return on investment.
Risk Crew provides an extremely flexible vCISO offering created to fit any business model to ensure you get the expertise you need – when you need it. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Our unique, cost-effective service lets you customise deliverables by identifying the specific strategic and tactical assistance you need. To include: setting objectives, procuring solutions, drafting, developing or implementing security policies, guidelines and standards or deploying awareness training – to conducting vendor risk assessments, code reviews, vulnerability scanning, security penetration testing or remediation activities. Our vCISO could also design, implement and manage a framework to ensure your business compliance with standards like ISO 27001, PCI DSS, SOC 2 or DPA.
Anything you need. You get full information security department functionality – on demand. Who else does that?
Features & Components
Risk Crew provides a skilled and experienced Chief Information Security Officer to your business, a CISO on-demand, to meet your specific information security governance, risk and compliance management requirements.
We initially meet with you to understand and confirm your specific business information and cyber risk management goals and objectives in addition to your budget requirements. We then draft a recommended roadmap of vCISO activities and deliverables for your review and approval, documenting specific key performance indicators to ensure these goals and objectives are accomplished.
All vCISO roadmap activities and deliverables are customised to meet your specific business requirements but typically include strategic deliverables such as:
Board presentations on the threat landscape
Confirm the risk appetite, tolerance, capacity and strategy
Design a business information security management system
Identify, locate, classify and document information assets
Conduct and document risk and threat assessments
Conduct and document security compliance gap assessments
Produce business remedial recommendations
Draft and update policies, standards and guidelines
Provide threat landscape information to business stakeholders
Manage compliance to information security legislation, regulation or standards (such as ISO 27001, PCI and SOC 2)
Additionally, your Risk Crew vCISO could also deliver tactical deliverables such as:
Application secure code reviews
Security vulnerability scanning of business systems and websites
Security penetration testing of business systems and websites
Cloud platform security and compliance audits
Remediating technical vulnerabilities
Information security awareness training
Simulated social engineering attacks (phishing)
Wireless and mobile device security testing
Vendor security audits
Ransomware readiness assessments
Testing Incident Response, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plans
The result is a comprehensive bespoke service customised to meet your business’ information risk management appetite and budget.
Virtual CISO Service Benefits
Why do you need a vCISO when you could simply hire a real one? The answer may differ slightly dependent on the size of your business – but all businesses find three things in common when they look to fill a permanent CISO role. There is a skills shortage, CISOs seldom stay in the role more than two years and recruiting can take between 9-12 months.
This straight-forward pragmatic service has numerous benefits to your business.
vCISOs can utilise other internal Risk Crew experts in information security governance risk and compliance to support your overall programme objectives.
vCISOs can be deployed immediately. Their expert knowledge enables faster and easier implementation of required action in a practice-oriented way – specific to your business requirements.
The service can be utilised as a short or medium-term fix until you can recruit a permanent qualified and experienced CISO for your business.
External vCISOs can make use of their experience from other organisations for your benefit by providing both a benchmark and validation for your compliance.
vCISOs require no training, can hit the ground running and make a real difference from the very first day.
The vCISO service may well be more price-effective than long-term costs of deploying your own staff resources.
Why Choose Risk Crew
Risk Crew vCISOs on average possess over 25 years of hands-on skills and experience in designing, implementing and managing cost-effective information security management programmes. More importantly, they can explain them and demonstrate their value.
Our vCISOs communicate effectively. They think deeply, question assumptions, determine cause and effect and always define and deliver measurable results. We believe that this is what makes a vCISO service effective. So much so we guarantee it. If you are not happy with our services, you are not charged.
Risk Crew follows best practices including ISO 27001, PCI, Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR
ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials Plus certified
Engineers hold CISSP, CISA, CRISC, CISM and CSX certifications
Risk Crew has over 18 years of practical knowledge
When you choose Risk Crew, you’re electing to work with qualified experts.
Don’t just take our word for it, see what our customers say:
“I have dealt with Risk Crew for several years. Their professionalism and attention to detail are second to none and they have a comprehensive and extensive knowledge of all the relevant standards and regulations. They are able to present complex solutions so that they can be understood by staff at all levels. Their training modules are excellent. I would recommend using Risk Crew.””
Hospitality Industry Customer
“All of the team at Risk Crew are very professional, friendly and knowledgeable. Over the past 6+ years their Cyber Security expertise has been invaluable and their helpful and flexible approach has harmonised with our requirements.”
Information Technology Industry Customer
Get virtual expertise from the right crew – the Risk Crew and get results for a change.
vCISO stands for virtual, Chief Information Security Officer and is an outsourced information security governance, risk and compliance management professional providing agreed to services on an as-needed basis in lieu of a permanent hire position.
A typical vCISO oversees strategic, operational, and budgetary aspects of a business’ information security governance, risk and compliance requirements. vCiSOs work closely with business stakeholders to define, develop, and implement information security policies and procedures for the organisation just as would a permanent hire.
Good communication skills and the ability to quickly understand business information security risk appetite, tolerance and capacity in order to implement an applicable cost-effective strategy to meet these requirements.
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