CISO as a Service

What is CISO as a Service?

Security programs need an experienced and dedicated leader. Whether facing a transitional leadership gap for this position, hiring your first executive-level security leader, or wanting to support an existing CISO (Chief Information Security Officer), every program benefits with a proven security quarterback at the helm. Unfortunately, this experience is both rare and highly sought, making hiring and retaining a quality, full-time CISO a daunting challenge.

Alagen’s CISO as a Service is an alternative solution to hiring a full-time CISO — one that better fits many organizations in the short- or long-term.

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CISO as a Service embeds executive-level information security consulting within the environment to help lead initiatives and assist with program development, maturations, and management.

Our leaders apply expertise wherever it is needed. They leverage deep knowhow to help assess and determine next steps to achieve programmatic goals. They manage cybersecurity risk, lead incident response efforts, identify vulnerabilities and prioritize responses to continually optimize the security program and align it with business needs.

Common focus areas include:

  • Program build and management
  • Board-level coalition building
  • Policy and standards development
  • Maturation of various programs:
    • Compliance
    • Governance
    • Security awareness
    • Security metrics
    • Goals

“Alagen’s CISO as a Service is one way we overcome the challenges of finding and retaining quality, executive-level security talent. I highly recommend this service.”

CIO + VP Information Technology

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Learn how a regional hospital improved risk management, incident response, and vulnerability identification and prioritization with CISO as a Service.

 “Working with Alagen has greatly improved our security posture. Their approach was focused on us, not a particular security solution. Their recommendations were spot-on and their partnership in reconfiguring our processes and systems elevated not only our information security, but also our team.”


CISO as a Service Cost

One of the key benefits of this approach is that you only pay for the security leadership you need. For example, many mid-size businesses recognize they require a security strategy, but struggle to justify the expense of adding a full-time leadership position “just in case.” A pragmatic solution is to get a professional assessment of the need, and a partner who can deliver simply that.

This fractional service scales up or down to meet the scope and pace necessary to achieve your unique security goals. A smart value play, it puts a leader in place, driving improvements to security posture and at-the-ready should an urgent need arise.

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Not just an alternative, this CISO advisory service can up-level the existing CISO or other security leadership. Whether filling an identified experience gap, assisting with bandwidth, or serving as a hands-on mentor, our leaders demonstrably improve the security program — making heroes of and helping grow the leadership team around them.

Not sure if you would benefit from our CISO advisory services? Consider how well your team is delivering against this checklist of competencies demanded by today’s threat landscape. If there’s room for improvement, let’s talk.

When do you need a CISO?

From increasing threats to more sophisticated attacks to new compliance requirements, demands on security leadership continue to grow. The time for security leadership to be a tacked-on responsibility and not be someone’s clear priority has pretty much passed for small- to mid-sized businesses. There’s too much at stake from a business continuity and brand reputation perspective to not have someone experienced driving efforts to prevent and minimize potential damage.

Mike Burg, VP of Delivery Services, goes to greater detail in this webinar, “When Are You Ready for a CISO?”

The decision to hire a CISO usually follows a compelling event. Some change in the environment makes the need clear.

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Next Steps

Are you considering acquiring cybersecurity leadership for your organization? Or want to learn more about CISO as a Service? Let’s talk.