Virtual CISO, vCISO &

Fractional CISO

Finding an experienced CISO is a challenge; carrying the weight of one on your payroll can be even harder. With years of experience as actual CISOs in public and private sectors, we have the expertise to address your stakeholders needs with absolute confidence. With you, your board, your stakeholders, and management team, we will develop the strategic vision, resources, and protocols to maintain an appropriately sized, measured, and effective security program.  Let us be your vCISO.

We offer:

  • Executive virtual CISO services to you, your management team, and board - advising on all forms of cyber risk and plans to address them.

  • Board, management team, and security team coaching

  • Vendor product and service evaluation and selection

  • Maturity modeling operations and engineering team processes, capability and skills

  • Board and management team briefings and updates

  • Operating and Capital budget planning and review

We provide a well-grounded, practical, and focused approach, delivering realistic and attainable security objectives.  We focus on recruiting and developing high impact teams, drawing on technology already in an organization before pursuing a vendor solution, and creating end to end processes that give actual lift to a company's ability to secure its people, assets, and data.  Our approach is based on the utilization of more cost effective software implementations, strategic alignment of security organizations, and best practices for CIOs and CEOs alike.

Our methodology is simple.

​1. We understand your current profile – threats, assets, strengths, weaknesses, partners, regulatory obligations and investments through our own research of proprietary data sources and talking to you/your teams.

2. We measure your controls and relative operational and program effectiveness, through scenario analysis and walkthroughs - building a full understanding of where you are and where you need to get.

3. We provide a plan to bring you to your target profile and help you execute.  This may include:

  • Program, policy, procedure documentation

  • Strategy development

  • Procurement and vendor negotiation

  • Identification, implementation and management of tools and managed services providers

  • Oversight of team and program activities

We approach security as a business problem - we’re here to reduce your risks and build the confidence you and your organization needs to operate through “business-aligned” security.

Our team is comprised of the industry’s very best and brightest.  All have held CISO or CSO roles in large organizations, built effective security programs, managed risk within an organization’s appetite and delivered results in line with best practices.

vCISO (Virtual CISO) is a service designed to make top-tier security experts available to organizations who need security expertise and guidance. Our team of experts have decades of experience; building information security programs that work with business objectives and show measurable improvement to security posture.

Most small and middle-sized organizations don’t have the money to hire a CISO or enough work to keep one busy. vCISO service is a great way to apply verifiable industry experience to clarifying your needs and apply scalable bandwidth and flexible costs.

The market for security talent is tough. No turnover is a vCISO advantage as is the application of a proven methodology. Whether you decide to hire another full-time security professional or not, a vCISO can bridge the gap and make sure that expertise isn’t lost in the transition.

CISOs are expensive. Most of them cost between $250k and $350k when you factor in salaries and benefits. That’s not always easy for small- and medium-sized businesses to cover.

Whatever your security challenge, it never hurts to talk to an expert. If we can’t address your need directly, we’ll get you pointed in the right direction.

  • Information security leadership and guidance

  • Steering committee leadership or participation

  • Security compliance management

  • Security policy, process, and procedure development

  • Incident response planning

  • Security training and awareness

  • Board and executive leadership presentations

  • Security assessment

  • Internal audit

  • Penetration testing

  • Social engineering

  • Vulnerability assessments

  • Risk assessment

Contact Us


Boston, MA

Buffalo, NY

New York, NY

Philadelphia, PA

Washington, D.C.

San Francisco, CA

Chicago, IL

New Orleans & Baton Rouge, LA

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(508) 925-0114

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