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Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO, virtual CISO)

vCISO is a remote cyber security team provided by our experts at a fraction of the cost of an in-house CISO

How does a vCISO work?

A Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) is a fully outsourced expert, or team of experts, who provide support on a range of cyber and information security requirements. Working on a monthly retainer basis, the vCISO will work together with you to address and implement strategies to reduce cyber risk across your organisation.

Securing a Virtual CISO service enables you to work collaboratively with senior security experts without the need to recruit in-house, enabling you to save on associated hiring time and costs, while giving you overall peace of mind that the required cybersecurity requirements of your business are being met.

How can a virtual CISO help me?

Our vCISO service enables you to get expert information security support entirely tailored to your organisational requirements, ensuring the right mix and level of security controls are in place. You get the peace of mind of having a full time cybersecurity team, but without the cost.


This bespoke package includes initial workshopping to gain a real understanding of your business strategy, goals and how your information systems support your operations. This enables your vCISO to keep you informed of industry-specific developments, such as changes in regulations and frameworks, attack profiles and any vulnerabilities.


Services you gain access to with a Crossword vCISO package include:

Virtual Data Protection Officer (vDPO)

Support in meeting ongoing GDPR requirements in order to ensure that your organisation's processes and policies are protecting sensitive information.

Technical Quality Assurance

Oversight and cyber QA of your ongoing IT and security systems implementation projects.

Penetration Testing 

Test how robust your organisation is to external hackers.

Workshops and Reports for your Executive Team

To better understand your cyber threats and how they affect  your industry and organisation.

Policy, Standards and Certifications Assistance

Assessments, reviews, audits and transformation.

Training and Education for your organisation

To counter any social engineering and other threats that your employees face or pose.

Risk Assessment and Risk Management

Full risk assessment programme, identifying overall security posture and recommendations and actions to manage risk. Includes input at board and executive team level. 

Security Operations Centre (SOC)

Your users and systems will be monitored to proactively detect and respond to suspicious or malicious activity before any impact is felt.

Why choose Crossword for your vCISO requirements?

Our team of very experienced consultants work very closely with clients every step of the way, providing expert guidance and delivering high quality work for your organisation.

We understand that every business has a unique set of information security requirements, so we work closely with you to identify all requirements and agree a roadmap of priorities and services together for your virtual CISO projects.

For more information on the Virtual CISO service, along with other consultancy services Crossword provides, please contact us.

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