Cyber Risk Management Support – Virtual CISO (vCISO)

Current challenges and landscape 

Cyber threats on are on the rise. Threat actors are no longer harmless kids trying to gain notoriety for beating the system. Threats are arising from organized criminals, state actors, and hactivist groups. Organizations of all sizes are being targeted, including high-growth enterprises and midmarket companies.   

The outcomes of not protecting your information assets can be consequential and may include:

  • Loss of productivity from denial of service 
  • Loss of intellectual property 
  • Reputational damage 
  • Regulatory fines and damages 

Responding to cyber threats is not an easy challenge for entrepreneurs of high growth enterprises and leaders of midmarket companies. Finding and hiring people with the right level of business acumen and knowledge of security, risk, and technology is difficult and can be expensive. Yet without the proper expertise, your organization increases the risk of exposure to cyber threats. 

How we can help 

Your organization can benefit from having a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), an advisor who understands your business objectives, the threat landscape, regulatory and compliance challenges, as well as the technology. Your organization needs this capability but may not require it in a full-time capacity. 

Richter’s Virtual CISO service will pair your organization with a dedicated experienced CISO on an as-needed basis.  

Onboarding and customization – Upon assigning a virtual CISO to your organization, they will meet with your management team to understand your business and security objectives. They will also review and understand your organization’s technology environment, business processes, and the roles and responsibilities of your management team. 

Service catalog – Your virtual CISO will have the experience and knowledge to assist your organization with the following and more: 

Incident Response   Managed Security Services  Security Architecture and Design 
Information Security Policy Development  IT Investigations, Digital Forensics  Information Regulatory Compliance (e.g. PCI, PHIPA, SOX) 
Strategic Project Advice  Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity  Identity Access Management 
IT Risk Assessments  Security Research  Cyber Threat Intelligence 
Privacy Impact Assessments  Board and Committee Presentations  Security Awareness Training 


Local resources with deep expertise – Your virtual CISO will be a local practitioner with knowledge of your immediate market. They will be supported by a team of security professionals with access to prominent security technology vendors, membership to security research organizations, and knowledge of industry good practices. 

Your virtual CISO will be a seasoned advisor with several years of experience. They will have demonstrated knowledge of business, technology, security, risk, regulations, and compliance. They will have a proven track record of helping organizations like yours meet their business and security objectives. They will hold multiple professional designations related to security and risk which could include:

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)  
  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)  
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)  
  • Certified in Risk and Information System Controls (CRISC)  

Most importantly, your virtual CISO will effectively reduce your organization’s exposure to cyber threats.