vCISO vs CISO: What’s the Difference?

IT Security

Organizations of all sizes deal with ever-growing risks in cybersecurity. On top of this concern is the need to meet security standards and protect stakeholder data.

There are two primary means to solve these predicaments: hiring an in-house CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) and outsourcing to a vCISO (virtual Chief Information Security Officer). Deciding which one is best for your business is the first step to developing a security program. So, what unique benefits do each of them offer?

Advantages of a CISO

A conventional CISO collaborates with the leadership team to help in marketing and security decisions. Here are the advantages of hiring one:

  • Impact on management: In-house CISCOs can quickly improve your organization’s stance on security by directly influencing executive leadership.
  • Security concerns are top priority: Full-time CISOs will work directly with your security department and be dedicated to your organization’s security needs.
  • Customer perception: A full-time CISCO may help your PR and marketing initiatives. Assurance of their presence can give you an edge over the competition who don’t.

Advantages of a vCISO

A vCISO is a security practitioner who works remotely and on-demand. Some benefits come with choosing them for your company:

  • Enhanced knowledge: Many companies, especially smaller ones, lack the necessary expertise and knowledge to address complex security issues. A vCISO can boost your organization’s internal capabilities through considerable experience and training.
  • Cost reduction: Many SMBs lack the funds to employ a full-time CISO or the internal resources to utilize the Security Officer’s time fully. Your company can save money by hiring a vCISO.
  • Minimizing turnover: A vCISO reduces employee turnover and delivers proven security solutions that will not be lost during employee changes.

The Bottomline

In today’s ever-changing climate, all businesses must pay attention to cybersecurity. For a fraction of the expense of an in-house CISCO, you can gain the same benefits from a vCISO.