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Benefits of a Virtual Chief Information Security Officer Service (vCISO)


By now you are probably aware of the advantages of using a virtual computer (VM) and how that compares with utilizing and operating a physical one.

A Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO), similar to a virtual machine, is a new service Cadre is offering that is filling a need for many organizations. This service offers great flexibility and several use-cases. For example, a company may utilize a vCISO to augment the work and responsibilities of their current CISO role. Due to the fact that a vCISO service is comprised of a team of highly experienced cybersecurity, compliance and business professionals, the vCISO can greatly extend the abilities, available time and knowledge base of the corporate CISO. Similar to any virtual system, the service is ‘on demand’ so it can quickly scale up or down as needed and can match the needs of the organization without concern of over or under delegation of personnel.

For small and medium-sized businesses that do not have the essential position of CISO filled, the vCISO provides a robust team whose service can be a good match to the specific needs of that organization.

According to industry data, there is a serious talent shortage in cybersecurity and a very active recruiting of CISO talent between organizations, with industry data showing the average tenure of CISOs to be only 17 months.  A vCISO service can not only bridge the gap between CISOs but can also provide important business continuity and knowledge retention.

vCISOs bring a series of advantages to organizations of all sizes:

Reduced Cost

Full-time skilled security experts are pricey. Augment your security talent for a fraction of the cost with a vCISO.

Team Knowledge and Experience

The Cadre vCISO team has more knowledge and overall experience than any one person is likely to achieve in their entire career. This expertise includes, but is not limited to, cybersecurity, directory services, compliance, control design/implementation, business continuity and business practices.

Market Demand

Experts are in high demand and finding candidates is becoming more difficult every day. Industry trends predict this will continue for years to come. A vCISO service can greatly lessen the impact of CISO recruitment time, costs and the impact of turnover or promotion.


If you have an immediate need to ensure you are meeting compliance standards, a vCISO team will be ready to hit the ground running. Training and compliance certification of in-house CISOs can be slow, costly and disruptive to the other duties of the CISO.


vCISO services from Cadre provide experienced experts not only when you need them but also to the extent you need them.

Cadre is ready to assist you with our best-in-class vCISO team as well as continue your education on vCISO services through webinars, blogs, and consultation. For more information please contact info@cadre.net or call 888-862-2373.