UK VIRTUAL CISO

With a UK Virtual CISO (vCISO), you get expert cyber security leadership for a fraction of the cost of a full-time CISO.

Elevate your security, accelerate your growth

A UK Virtual CISO (vCISO) not only ensures regulatory compliance, technical assurance and response to cyber incidents, but through innovative risk management, they also provide a competitive advantage.

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Cypro Virtual CISO service

With internal CISOs being prohibitively costly for many businesses, CyPro’s UK Virtual CISO (vCISO) service provides an alternative option – a highly experienced UK-based vCISO, who is available on demand.

Secure your business.

Elevate your security, accelerate your growth. We take care of cyber security for high-growth companies, at every stage of their journey.

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Expert Advice

On-demand, independent and expert advice on complex information security issues, e.g. how to respond to a major vulnerability such as Log4j.

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Incident Management

Advanced preparation and access to experienced cyber security leadership in the event of a major cyber security incident, such as a ransomware attack.

We help clients navigate complex cyber security roadmaps and strategies

Strategy & Governance

Regular, clear and concise board updates on cyber security, enabling informed decisions to be made relating to cyber security risk and strategy.

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Regulatory Compliance

Our UK Virtual CISO service provides expert support for responding to 3rd party security audits and regulatory compliance assessments.

Continuous security as part of a cyber-as-a-service proposition

Rapid Risk Reduction

Development of a cyber security roadmap with a tailored and achievable path to enhance cyber security maturity and reduce risk.

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Security Awareness

Innovative training, communications and exercises to raise cyber security awareness amongst staff and third parties.

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Benefits of Our uk Virtual CISO Service

Cost Effective

Our UK virtual CISO service is tailored to your business, whilst costing a fraction of the price of a full-time resource.

Scalable

The coverage of our vCISO service can be increased or decreased over time to meet your changing business requirements.

Independent

By hiring a third party to oversee information security, you avoid the risk of decisions and advice being internally biased.

Impactful

Our dynamic vCISOs will quickly find ways to provide meaningful changes to reduce information security risk.

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WHAT Our Clients Say

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Chris Bayley
CTO - Audley Travel
Scott Switzer
CTO - Ozone
Mark Perrett
Accounts Manager - PTS Consulting
Tom Bennet
CTO - Freshwave

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does a virtual CISO do?

    As a minimum, you can expect the same level of service as you would get from a traditional in-house CISO such as:

    • Strategic Steer and Cyber Roadmap Management – Frequent, concise and plain english briefings to your board or executive on the state of cyber security, empowering informed decisions regarding risk and broader business strategy.
    • Subject Matter Expertise – Immediate, impartial and professional guidance on your specific cyber security challenges, such as managing a critical vulnerabilities like Log4j.
    • Incident Readiness & Response – Proactive planning and availability of seasoned cybersecurity leadership during significant cyber incidents, such as ransomware attacks, to ensure that you minimise business disruption, collate all required evidence for forensic analysis and recovery quickly from the cyber attack.
    • Compliance to Regulations – Expert assistance from subject matter experts in handling third-party security audits and regulatory compliance evaluations such as against GDPR, Data Protection Act, SOC2, Cyber Essentials and ISO 27001.
    • Immediate Risk Reduction – Creation and ongoing management of a cyber security risk remediation plan / roadmap with a designed to not only improve strategic cyber security maturity, but also rapidly reduce operational risk quickly and efficiently.
    • Cyber Training & Awareness – Creative training, communications, and table-top exercises / cyber simulations designed to enhance information security awareness among staff, contractors and third parties. 

    Your UK Virtual vCISO can of course provide a wealth of other services not included on this standard list – if you’d like to find out the art of the possible, please contact us and you’ll be able to chat to one of our practice partners who will discuss your options with you.

  • Am I assigned a dedicated vCISO?

    Yes. Unlike many organisations, we assign a dedicated vCISO who will get to know the ins and outs of your organisation and tailor your cyber security services specifically for your business and technology in use.

     
  • Is it possible to have a CISO based on-site?

    Absolutely. Typically, our “UK Virtual CISOs” spend on average 1 day per month on-site with each client, but we can tailor our virtual/physical presence to your specific needs.

    Generally, we like to be visible, especially for the likes of chairing Information Security Committee’s or presenting to your board / executive.

  • vCISO Pricing - How much does a vCISO cost?

    It depends upon the size and complexity of your organisation and level of coverage you want us to have.

    CyPro’s UK Virtual CISO (vCISO) service typically costs £3,500-£6,000 per month – considerably less than the cost of employing a full-time in-house CISO (Chief Information Security Officer).

  • Do I legally require a vCISO?

    Whilst it’s not yet an explicit legal requirement in regulations such as the UK Data Protection Act, many companies are now realising how challenging it can be meeting those regulatory requirements without one.

    The benefits of having a skilled executive for making information security decisions and raising awareness is invaluable

    Also, the ICO tends to look on organisations who have  appropriate security leadership in place, in a much kinder light post data breach than those who haven’t appointed a sufficiently senior representative for cyber security as yet.

  • What is the best vCISO?

    It depends on what you need – for Small to Medium Sized Businesses, CyPro is the only UK specialist providing these services tailored specifically for that market and so is a good place to start for UK virtual CISO services.

    If you are a larger business or enterprise, checkout this helpful vCISO guide here.

  • Is a Fractional CISO and Virtual CISO the same?

    While the terms “Fractional CISO” and “Virtual CISO” are often used interchangeably, they could refer to slightly different service models in cyber security leadership.

    Historically, a Fractional CISO is a part-time Chief Information Security Officer who works with your organisation on a regular, ongoing basis. This individual is integrated into your team and provides strategic and operational leadership, typically on a part-time schedule that fits your needs.

    A Virtual CISO (vCISO), on the other hand, historically provides cybersecurity leadership remotely on a much later basis. This role can be either part-time or full-time and offers flexible, scalable support depending on your organisation’s requirements. The vCISO can assist with strategic planning, compliance, incident response, and other key cybersecurity functions, often without the need for an on-site presence.

    However, today these terms are basically referring to the same thing – a fractional CISO and virtual CISO for all intents and purposes are the same.

Let’s discuss further.

Schedule a free chat with Jonny, our Consulting Practice Lead and highly experienced UK Virtual CISO.

Jonny Pelter

CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CIPP/E, CIPM

Jonny is an exec level CISO with ties to the British intelligence agencies NCSC and GCHQ. Originating from KPMG and Deloitte, Jonny is a leading cyber security expert in the UK, having featured on national media for his professional commentary (BBC News, Telegraph, Times Radio, etc.).

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Jonny Pelter

CISSP, CISM, CISA, CRISC, CIPP/E, CIPM

Jonny is an exec level CISO with ties to the British intelligence agencies NCSC and GCHQ. Originating from KPMG and Deloitte, Jonny is a leading cyber security expert in the UK, having featured on national media for his professional commentary (BBC News, Telegraph, Times Radio, etc.).

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