Virtual CISO (vCISO) Services

Finding quality security leadership is a challenge. Finding it within a budget is even tougher. Our Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) services match your organization profile with an expert SideChannel Virtual CISO. The highest quality cybersecurity expertise is available for significantly less than the cost of a full-time hire.

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What is a vCISO?

A new era of business requires a new approach to cybersecurity.  The vCISO is a cybersecurity practitioner who has years of cybersecurity, risk management and industry experience to help organizations with developing and managing the implementation of the organization’s information security program.  Our virtual CISO services are designed to bring clients experienced enterprise CISOs to lead, advise, and implement risk reducing measures.

We believe that everyone should have access to quality security leadership, regardless of budget. SideChannel vCISO services bring CISO-level expertise to companies of all sizes and maturity levels. Our team is built of the industry’s best and brightest — all having held CISO or CSO roles in large organizations, building effective security programs, managing risk and delivering results in line with best practices.

While we work with your organization virtually, the impact your company
experiences is real.

How it Works

With years of experience as actual CISOs, we have the expertise to address your organization’s needs with absolute confidence. Working with your team, your board and your stakeholders, we develop the strategic vision, resources, and protocols to maintain an appropriately sized, measured and effective security program. You bring us on, we take care of the rest.

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Step 1

We match your organization with the perfect SideChannel vCISO according to needs and objectives.

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Step 2

Your organization works with the vCISO assigned to assess cyber risk, measure program effectiveness and identify current gaps.

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Step 3

Working with your team, your vCISO develops an actionable, holistic strategy to enhance your organization’s security posture from every angle.

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Step 4

Your vCISO acts as an extension of your team, providing ongoing support and recommendations.

What We Offer

Our proprietary, practical approach delivers realistic and attainable security objectives that make a tangible difference. We focus on recruiting and developing high impact teams, drawing on technology already in your organization before pursuing a vendor solution, and creating end-to-end processes that empower your company to secure your people, assets and data.

Service Features

  • vCISO services for your organization getting involved with your management team and board.
  • Advising on all forms of cyber risk and plans to address them.
  • Coaching for your board, management team and security team.
  • 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.
  • Helping you find the right Cyber insurance policy that protects
    your businesses and employees from cyber risk.
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— Shane Winegard (CIO, Panduit)

“Our SideChannel vCISO is an integral member of our executive team. He understands our unique challenges, the evolving security landscape and best of breed technologies. Now we have a trusted advisor who has improved our security posture in a measurable way.”

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— John Clark (CTO, Fresche Solutions)

“We chose SideChannel as our cybersecurity advisor because of their deep expertise and hands-on approach. Thanks to our vCISO, our organization has moved forward considerably in terms of security awareness and we now have complete confidence in our security roadmap.”


Ready to meet your organization’s new CISO and improve your organization’s cybersecurity? Contact us to discuss objectives and start the matching process.