Small businesses are struggling to combat the onslaught of cyber security attacks, making security a top priority for business owners in every industry.  With cyber incidents and data breaches in the news on a regular basis, business owners are aware of the risks a breach can bring.

Yet, despite the rising awareness, many businesses are still unprepared to detect or mitigate an attack before it wreaks havoc on their business.   And while the entire organization plays a vital role in the overall security of the business, ultimate responsibility falls on leadership to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and accessibility of the company’s data.

This is a daunting scenario for business owners and senior management who are overwhelmed with the daily operations of the business.  They can’t do it all, so where should they start?  The answer could lie in having the right security expertise and leadership on your team.  However, according to the average salary of a Chief Information Security Officer in Canada is $222,000.  This simply not a feasible solution for many businesses.  But, there is another answer to the question:  teaming up with a virtual CISO (vCISO).

How do you know if your business could benefit from the services of a vCISO? 

  • No Security Strategy – Is your business lacking a security strategy?  Or maybe you don’t have a clear picture of what risks your business is facing and could use an outside perspective?  If you are looking to build a solid foundation to your security program and a future roadmap, an up-front assessment is a great place to start.
  • Too Busy to Properly Execute – Do you have a defined security strategy, but can’t execute as well as you should because you lack resources? You’re not alone, according to recent estimates there will be as many as 3.5 million unfilled cyber security positions by 2021.
  • Struggling to Meet Compliance Requirements – Are you struggling to meet your industry’s compliance mandates – PIPEDA, GDPR, PCI, etc?  Do you know if you have compliance requirements?  Many business owners don’t realize they do.

These are just a few of the challenges we’re seeing our clients struggle with.  The purpose of Netmechanics vCISO service is to work with you to run a security maturity assessment and produce a gap analysis, then provide a remediation plan that addresses the vulnerabilities in your environment. 

Cyber security can be overwhelming and we want you to know that you’re not alone and that we’re here to help.