Reducing The Cost of Security: The vCISO Edge

A Virtual CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) (“vCISO”) is an information security professional who provides guidance and expertise to organizations to help them secure their digital assets. They can help prioritize, plan, and manage security projects and controls to meet security goals. A Virtual CISO can provide valuable insights into current trends and threats, allowing organizations to avoid potential risks while proactively improving their data protection strategies.

Align Efforts with Regulation

A Virtual CISO can help organizations align their security projects and controls with frameworks like the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Controls and various regulatory requirements like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Service Organization Control (SOC2 Type 2). This way, organizations can ensure their data security efforts align with industry best practices and compliance frameworks. By leveraging the knowledge of a vCISO, organizations can avoid costly mistakes that could be made by trying to manage their data security independently.

Align Efforts with Emerging Threats

A vCISO can use their expertise to help organizations stay ahead of emerging threats and tune their security controls accordingly. They can monitor the latest technology and cyber threats trends, and recommend specific controls or strategies to mitigate these risks. In addition, a vCISO can use their understanding of existing security frameworks to ensure that the organization meets its regulatory requirements and follows best practices. This ensures that the organization’s data remains secure while minimizing compliance risks. Furthermore, a vCISO’s experience will provide insight into potential weaknesses in the organization’s security posture, allowing them to prioritize projects and controls for maximum effectiveness.

Comparative Solutions

A Virtual CISO can use their experience and expertise to help organizations solve various security problems quickly and cost-effectively. They can leverage their engagement with other clients to identify the most effective solutions for the organization’s particular needs, often reducing the overall cost of building a security program or integrating new tools and workflows. Through their knowledge of existing security frameworks, regulatory requirements, and emerging threats, Virtual CISOs can develop an understanding of how different solutions fit into an organization’s security infrastructure and make informed decisions about which projects should be implemented first. This allows organizations to maximize their effectiveness in defending against threats while minimizing associated costs.

A Virtual CISO can be an invaluable resource for organizations seeking to secure digital assets while complying with industry and regulatory requirements. With a vCISO, organizations can leverage their expertise to prioritize security projects and controls, align efforts with frameworks like the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Controls and GDPR, and stay on top of emerging threats. To maximize your security posture and minimize associated costs, contact MicroSolved (info(at) today about their vCISO solutions.


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3 Things Good Security Processes Won’t Do

We hear a lot of talk about needing good information security processes, but why are they so important? Well, besides being the basis for a strong security program and compliance with regulatory guidance, they also represent the best way to get consistency across the security initiative and between silos of knowledge. Done right, good security processes halt infosec by “cult of personality”, but they aren’t infallible. Here are three things that having good information security processes won’t do:

1. Defense Without Funding – Even the best security teams often struggle to convince upper management of proper budget needs. While good security processes might help you generate metrics and real world threat insights that you can use to explain risk to your management, as the old saying goes, if they spend more on coffee than infosec, they will get hacked and they will deserve it. Even good processes can’t save you if your security team is resource starved.

2. Pet Project Sink Holes – We’ve all been there, a manager or executive has this idea that steam rolls into a project and yet is just a doomed thing to start with. IT and other parts of the business, including security, can get drawn into the vision and throw a seemingly never ending set of resources down the gullet of this project that never seems to progress, but just won’t die. Unfortunately, this another place where strong processes just don’t help. Once the project steals the imagination of the executive team, the game is pretty much over. You ride along or die. Where you can win here with strong processes though, is by defining good minimum levels of resources that your policy forbids being switched to other tasks. Then, at least, you have a base to stick to when one of the hurricanes of fail comes over the horizon.

3. Zombie Apocalypse – Nope, they won’t help you here either. Good processes tend to break down when the zombies are munching on the brains of your teams as a snack. Yeah, we know, we saw the screenplay too, but we still think that whole Charlie Sheen in grubby clothes and grey make up thing is just another tacky grab for more attention. 🙂

Seriously, other than these, good processes help with infosec. Get started on them right away, before the zombies reach the data center….