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Why Hiring a Virtual CISO (vCISO) is the Smart Move

Why Hiring a Virtual CISO (vCISO) is the Smart Move

Finding a qualified Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) who will be a reliable resource is a challenge, and retaining one even more challenging. Protecting company information, data, and end users is a must. That’s why Thrive has created a Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) program, which helps companies fill the gap between business strategy and security operations.

There are several ways in which a company can benefit from hiring a vCISO to assist with strategy, guidance, and oversight. This emerging role provides an outside voice committed to getting the job done efficiently, avoiding internal politics, and eliminating the need for a lengthy search for a CISO.

Why Hire a vCISO?

It’s the dream of every organization to have a long-tenured CISO in their C-suite: a cybersecurity expert capable of driving innovation. That being said, it’s not always the reality.

Larger companies may dedicate time and effort to recruiting and training a CISO, as their resources allow them to do so. Plus, these larger organizations tend to have room in the budget to attract what a CISO commands in salary. That being said, challenges still exist – the average CISO tends to only stay with a company for just about two years according to Nominet, and small- to medium-sized companies may need the services of a CISO, but might not be able to afford one in a full-time role.

As many organizations have an immediate need to address security concerns, it