What is a CISO?

A CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) is a senior executive responsible for the overall security strategy and policy of an organisation. The CISO is responsible for protecting the organisation’s information assets, including sensitive data and systems, from cyber threats. This includes overseeing security controls, incident response, risk management, and compliance with relevant regulations and standards. The CISO also works with other executives to develop and implement a comprehensive cybersecurity program that aligns with the organization’s overall business objectives.

Achieving and maintaining compliance with industry specific data security standards and general compliance standards like GDPR, can place an additional burden on your business. However, remaining compliant with data protection laws and best practises is essential for any organisation.

CommSec offer a broad range of services which help you achieve security and data protection compliance. We can work with you no matter where you are on the journey to achieving compliance.

What is a CISOaaS?

CISO as a service (CISOaaS) is a service offered by companies that provide experienced and qualified security professionals to act as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for organisations that do not have one or have limited resources.

CISOaaS providers typically offer a range of services, including but not limited to:

  • Developing and implementing security strategies and policies
  • Conducting risk assessments
  • Managing security incidents
  • Providing guidance on compliance with relevant regulations and standards
  • Offering training and awareness programs for employees
  • Providing access to a team of security experts

The goal of CISO as a service is to help organizations that do not have the resources or expertise to manage their own security program, to have access to experienced professionals who can help them to protect their information assets from cyber threats, and to align their security program with their overall business objectives.

Why you may need a CISOaaS?

Scenario 1 – Maturing IT Security Strategy

You may already have achieved some compliance or quality standards and you need to build on that to meet new obligations or meet more sophisticated threats to your business.

Scenario 2 – Little or No IT Security Strategy

On the other hand, you may have very little in-house knowledge around security and compliance. In that case we can provide you with a fully managed program of building the systems and processes in your business to become compliant with GDPR and other regulations that may affect you, such as PCI DSS.

Scenario 3 – The Need for a Part-time CISO

This is a great option for when there isn’t a full-time requirement for a CISO. Our CISO as a Service gives you access to a very experienced CISO on a long-term continuous basis, but at a level of engagement you can afford. The flexibility of the service means you can pay for what you need to meet your requirements at different times.

CISOaaService – Gaining Compliance

To become compliant – we need to look at your entire business and how it manages data. IT security is only one part of this process. We look at all the information assets in your business – what security technology and data protection processes if any, you have in place, then perform a standards-based risk evaluation and gap analysis.

The outcome of this risk assessment is that we get a clear picture of where your major risk areas and vulnerabilities are.

Then we can design a solution around business processes and technology, to achieve compliance with security standards and GDPR.

In Conclusion

CommSec offer CISOaaS to cover a broad range of scenarios in relation to IT and Cybersecurity for your organisation. Our highly experienced and qualified CISOs have many years of experience working as CISOs, DPOs and in other senior IT security roles.

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