CISO Services: Strategic, Advisory, On-Demand

As a CIO or IT Director the chances are you’ve inherited responsibility for cybersecurity without the right resources or capacity to do anything about it. You know it’s a problem, and you’re probably coming under increasing pressure from partners, customers and internal stakeholders to demonstrate how secure you are.  You could hire a full-time, permanent CISO to own the agenda and direct any existing resources, but they’re difficult to recruit, expensive and might be overkill for what you need right now.  What you need is proven experience, expertise, leadership and pragmatism – but when you need it and at an affordable cost. Savanti have got the answer:

Virtual CISO

Our vCISO service provides your organisation with a suitably experienced and qualified security leader, supported by a multi-disciplined team of security experts and Savanti’s full knowledge base. The vCISO service is perfect for organisations that need great leadership in cyber security, but don’t have the requirement or resources to recruit a permanent, full-time CISO.

The vCISO service provides the right level of objective leadership and support, via a combination of scheduled and flexible time, and tailored to your specific requirements. This might be for a few days a month or on a more regular basis. Typically, your vCISO will:

  • Advise your board and executive team – attend and advise at board meetings and audit committee meetings, reassuring executives they’re correctly fulfilling duty of care obligations
  • Provide independent oversight and governance – to advise on the best approach for your organisation to manage cyber security risk and compliance, and satisfy relevant laws and regulatory frameworks
  • Advise on the best strategy for assessing your organisational security posture – pave the way for transformative activities and delivery of security roadmaps by applying the latest knowledge and techniques, proven to deliver results across multiple clients and sectors
  • Own the information security risk management process and advising on risk remediation to minimise risks and vulnerabilities – gain a comprehensive overview of your organisation’s danger areas, along with an implementation plan to secure and strengthen your procedures and policies

Per your requirements your vCISO can also take on discreet activities that your existing team can’t, such as:

  • Overseeing tactical issues – supply your organisation with a source of expertise and experience, based on cross-industry cyber risk trends in order to operate key cyber security controls such as performing user access reviews for critical systems and monitoring your cloud systems, e.g. Office 365, to ensure your technical controls are robust
  • Leading effective incident response – offer a wealth of experience to supply your organisation with the leadership needed to reduce and manage impact when incidents inevitably happen
  • Coaching and training – working closely with your existing team to upskill them and develop the most effective and impactful way of training your organisation to face today’s cyber security threats
  • Evaluating emerging cyber security products – identify third-party suppliers using an established network of contacts, help find and fix unnecessary dependencies, and gain stakeholder buy-in

CISO Advisory Service

The CISO role is a lonely one – we know because we’ve been there. For many years. You’re making high-risk decisions with potentially high-profile and far-reaching consequences. It’s also a constant struggle to recruit the right talent to support your goals. What’s more, you’re under intensifying pressure facing ‘when rather than if’ cyber-attacks. If any of this sounds familiar, the CISO Advisory Service is for you.

It’s created by CISOs for CISOs, and enables you tap into expertise such as:

  • The first 100 days – Smooth any bumps when CISO role expectations and reality collide, expand your network, and ensure you hit the ground running
  • Structuring security risk management – Plan strategies and functions for governing, improving and securing your dynamic risk environment
  • Executive reporting: What, when and how – Define the ideal method for reporting that keeps you close to decision-makers
  • Dealing with audits – Ensure you’re up-to-date on best practices, and can turn audits into tools for strengthening security strategies
  • Security operating model – Transform models from reactive to strategic, spanning everything from risk and governance, to infrastructure and culture
  • Organisation structure review – Review and recommend the most suitable frameworks, maturity models, codes of practices and standards
  • Insource/outsource decision making – Know when to use existing competencies and when to go external – without compromising decision-making and business objectives
  • Supplier reviews – Conduct supplier reviews and audits, identifying value, problem areas, and optimising supply chains
  • Third-party assurance – Ease the security burden by implementing fundamental practices – even when you have thousands of suppliers
  • Help with interviews/candidate screening – Put in place a framework that means you quickly screen and shortlist the talent you need for solving security issues

Interested in improving your security posture?

Case Study

Explore some of the ways we’ve delivered strategic security consultancy services to various clients across multiple industries 

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