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.
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.