Virtual Security Officer (VSO)

Save time and money with an on demand, experienced and qualified Information Security Officer

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How does Virtual Security Officer work?

We are not like any information security people you have met before.

Let’s face facts. Information Security resources are expensive. They also tend to focus on what you can’t do, slowing you down.

We are commercially focussed. Our goal is to get you what you need.

Get your own information security officer but only pay for what you need.

Tailored to your needs. Pay for what you need doing. We have been doing this for over 20 years for clients just like you. All good things start with a conversation – contact us.

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Why us?

Straight Talking, Practical, No Fuss – we are here to get the job done so you can grow your business.

Experience Over 20 years experience delivering hundreds of engagements

Global With clients in UK, America, Australia, Canada, Europe

Specialist Start-up, early stage and growth business is our niche. Our clients are in Financial Services, Fin Tech and Software Development

What’s in a name?

Our highly experienced and qualified Security Officers have a proven track record of industry experience. Specialist in early stage, start up and growth business.

The role of the Virtual Security Officer is to be your dedicated Information Security resource whether they are operating as your

  • Chief Information Security Officer ( CISO )
  • Information Security Officer ( ISO )
  • Information Security Manager ( ISM )
  • Virtual Chief Information Security Officer ( vCISO )
  • Virtual Information Security Officer (VISO)

they all have the same thing in common. Taking care of information security.

Typically the role takes care of your certifications such as ISO 27001 and SOC 2. Fully managing the certification and ongoing certification. This includes the day to day operations of Information Security Management.

As your dedicated resource they attend all external facing audits as you. Whether that is client audits, third party questionnaires or conducting third party supplier audits.

What’s the catch?

No catch. You are only paying for what you use. A dedicated resource with over 20 years experience that would cost you over £100,000 on the open market for an actual employee for a fraction of the cost.

What does it cost?

The role is different for each client but expect to pay between £1,000 and £4,000 typical a month on a 12 month contract.

Virtual Security Officer FAQ

What are the names for on demand information security resources?

The market hasn’t settled on a particular title but some of the common titles are Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO), Virtual Security Office (VSO), Virtual Information Security Manager (VISM), On Demand Security Officer (ODSO). It doesn’t really matter what you call them as they all do pretty much the same thing. As you are paying them, call them what you like. Within reason.

What does a Virtual Security Officer do?

They take the role of the information security manager to manage the information management system (ISMS), keep it up to date, operate the process and procedures of the ISMS and take care of any certifications. Their role is to guide and advice the business on it’s business operations in relation to information security. The role can be tailored to your specific demands. Some clients also have the VSO act as them in external facing audits with clients and audit bodies.

What does a Virtual Security Officer cost?

Typically between £1,000 and £4,000 a month on a 12 month contract.

What is the cost of a full time information security manager?

This will depend on the skills and experience of the employee. All our consultants have over 20 years practical experience and command over £100,000 in the open market. This is not unusual for this level of role. This is compared to between £12,000 and £48,000 for an on demand dedicated resource.

What is the virtual CISO Hourly rate?

The roles are not typically calculated on hourly rates but calculated they would range between £100 and £150 per hour.

What is the virtual CISO Day rate?

A day rate depends on the number of days taken and over what duration. Expect to pay between £750 and £1,250 per day.

What is CISO as a service pricing?

Typically between £1,000 and £4,000 a month on a 12 month contract.

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