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Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) Advisor Services

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An Outsourced CISO Who Can Serve as an IT Security Advisor for Your Business

Cybersecurity threats and data breaches occur every day with increasing frequency, and their pervasiveness, severity, and sophistication continue to rise. However, the expense of employing a dedicated chief information security officer (CISO) to deal with these challenges is difficult for many organizations. This role is often too costly and tough to justify for most small to midsize businesses.

BKD Cyber can help. Our virtual CISO (vCISO) services can help you access highly experienced security resources, reduce stress, and provide substantial value to your business. BKD’s vCISO advisors can help you navigate potential threats and seek solutions to help you keep your business and customers safe.

We want to be your independent resource that’s committed to your success. Contact us today to see how we can help.

Overview & Evaluation

BKD’s vCISO is a senior executive who can serve as your
IT security advisor for the business. Our service starts by
understanding your key business drivers and objectives. What
are your key success metrics? Are there time constraints?
We also want to learn about your technical limitations and
requirements. Our vCISO consultants bring the important
“security experience” of those who have walked in your shoes
and help answer the following questions:

  • Do you have sufficient information security goals in place that align and support business goals?
  • Are you aware of the IT and cybersecurity challenges to keep up with the changing landscape of IT security?
  • What security products or tools are or could be cloud-based?
  • Have you adopted a cybersecurity framework?
  • Do you have a strong cybersecurity foundation?

Features & Benefits

  • Evaluate and provide guidance in the development, implementation, and maintenance of the information security program
  • Assess information security strategies, both short and long term, to help address the risk of increasing threats
  • Evaluate and assist with an ongoing, proactive risk assessment program for new and legacy systems and remain familiar with the organization’s goals and business processes to help implement effective controls for areas presenting the greatest information security risk
  • Help identify threats and make recommendations to help mitigate risks by communicating in nontechnical, cost/benefit terms and in a format relevant to senior executives so decisions can be made to help protect the security of information systems and information entrusted to the organization
  • Provide security-based guidance on business continuity management (IRP, BCP, DR, pandemic), including:
    • Policy guidance
    • Planning
    • Documentation
    • Testing
  • Participate in the Information Technology Steering Committee (ITSC) to assist in the discussion of security-related activities
  • Assist in the preparation and presentation of the annual security report documentation
  • Evaluate documentation for the network to help assess that timely requirements are being met
  • Assist with user access reviews
  • Help interpret results of any external/internal vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, or IT audit assessments and provide feedback and guidance
  • Evaluate security incidents and help assess what response, if any, is needed and assist in coordinating organizational responses, including  technical incident response teams, when sensitive information is breached
  • Develop information security awareness training and education

How can we help you?

Whether you need help mitigating potential threats or tackling an active cyber breach, we have a dedicated team of professionals ready to assist.