Virtual CISO

A new approach to cybersecurity

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. As a result, the highest quality cybersecurity expertise is available for significantly less than the cost of a full-time hire.

The vCISO is a Chief Information Security Officer available to your company as a fractional contractor. SideChannel vCISOs are seasoned practitioners with years of cybersecurity, risk management, and leadership experience to help organizations develop and manage the organization’s information security program. Our virtual CISO services bring clients experienced CISOs to lead, advise, and implement risk-reducing measures.

Often, small to midsize businesses lack the resources to hire a full time CISO. SideChannel vCISO services bring CISO-level expertise to companies of all sizes and maturity levels, overcoming budget and staffing hurdles 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 aligned with best practices.

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How It Works

Working with your team, board, and stakeholders, we develop the strategic vision, resources, and protocols to maintain an appropriately sized, measured, and effective security program. You bring us on, and we take care of the rest.

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Our proprietary, practical approach delivers realistic, 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.

Advisement on all forms of cyber risk and how 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

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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.

— CTO, Integrated Marketing Agency

Working with SideChannel, it was great to have a guide to explain the significance of the steps of what the grade and the goal of each. The guidance offered what needed to get done, and in what order, couched with ‘hey, some of these things are complex, some of these things take longer, some of these things are more critical. It felt very bespoke and that’s something that you only get with a specialist and I just think it’s fantastic.

— CTO, Integrated Marketing Agency

I’m not a particularly patient guy, but I’ve never had an instance where I felt like I was waiting on SideChannel.

Get Expert Cybersecurity Services with SideChannel

Find out how your business can gain high-quality cybersecurity expertise within your budget by partnering with a SideChannel Virtual Chief Information Security Officer. Contact us today to learn more.

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