Bringing experience, expertise and leadership with virtual CISO to your organisation.

Securing your organization's data and customers' sensitive information associated with the business needs constant efforts along with the guidance of an expert executive-level leader called CISO(Chief Information Security Officer). It is not easy and affordable for all organizations to identify a security professional with expertise, experience and leadership skills to help in preparing and executing a successful security strategy.

Here a virtual CISO (Outsourced security professional) comes into the picture, who offers their expertise in designing or managing the organization's security strategy. This gives the organizations access to experienced cybersecurity, risk and compliance professionals at an affordable range.

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Identifying an experienced and qualified CISO in today's competitive world is very challenging. Our virtual CISO can strengthen the IT Staff, set business supporting strategies, balance the administration and establish clear communications in the internal hierarchy of the organisation and stakeholders.  


Where Virtual CISO is required?


Although vCISO is very important in designing and managing the security policies and strategies of an organisation, at a certain place their guidance becomes inevitable. 


1. Planning of security audits, reviews and assessments. 

2. Developing a new security strategy for threat management.

3. Getting compliance-ready. 

4. Procuring new security components or expanding the network. 

5. Recruiting or training the IT and security personnel. 

6. Remediating the security incidents. 


By employing a virtual CISO, one gets the benefit of advisory support from an industry expert familiar with the security challenges across a wide range of industries. Our virtual CISO can provide regular counselling, project-based assistance, and guides in making business-critical decisions.


Key responsibilities of virtual CISO

Our virtual CISO aims at providing the security program leadership to guide the internal teams. Virtual CISO provides both the expertise and experience required for strategically leading the cyber security strategy. The key responsibilities of a virtual CISO are - 


1. Implementing and Overseeing a Cybersecurity Program.

2. Planning of security audits, reviews and assessments.

3. Expert assessments on threat analysis and compliance.

4. Consultation for developing effective cybersecurity and resilience programs.

5. Aligning Cybersecurity & Business Objectives.

6. Reporting on Cybersecurity.

7. Monitoring Incident Response Activities.

8. Managing Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery.

9. Promote a Culture of Strong Information Security.

10. Managing Vendor Relationships.

11. Utilizing Cybersecurity Budgets Effectively.

12. Facilitating security integration into business strategies.

13. Assisting with the interpretation and integration of security program controls.

14. Serving as industry expert and security liaison to auditors and examiners.


Our virtual CISO helps our customers with effective advisory strategies and controls to build an upright cyber security structure.

Book your call to get your virtual CISO appointed. 

Why Virtual CISO?

Better Efficiency

Fast deliveries with the guidance of the experts. A quick closing of the deals.


Gaining expert advice without actually hiring one. Experts support at an affordable range.

Trusted and Impartial

Trusted impartial guidance and professional support from recognized experts.

Experienced Professionals

Verified experts having a wealth of industry knowledge and experience.

Compliance Supportive

Understanding the information security standards and how they apply to a business.

What Illume Offers
  • 1. A better understanding of the organization's strategies and business environment.
    2. Real-time updates on threat analysis and strategy.
    3. Accurate forecasting of security and compliance risks.
    4. Better understanding and coordination among various teams.
    5. Locating, analyzing and remediating the risks and threats.
    6. Strategic leadership to drive key security initiatives, supporting your growth.

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We offer a range of services customised to the unique requirements of the organisation, which may include -
1. Cybersecurity Strategy - Developing a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy aligned with business goals and risk tolerance
2. Risk Assessment - Conducting risk assessments to identify potential security threats and vulnerabilities.
3. Security Policy Development - Creating and implementing security policies, procedures, and guidelines.
4. Security Incident Response - Developing incident response plans and providing guidance during security incidents.
5. Vendor Management - Assessing and managing security risks related to third-party vendors.
6. Security Awareness Training - Educating employees on security best practices and raising security awareness.
7. Compliance and Regulatory Guidance - Ensuring the organisation complies with relevant cybersecurity regulations and standards.
8. Security Technology Selection - Recommending and implementing security technologies that suit the organisation's needs.
9. Security Program Management - Overseeing the implementation and execution of security initiatives.
Organisations can avail our expert vCISO services when having some or any of the following situation -
1. To enhance the organisation's cybersecurity posture and align security practices with industry standards.
2. Current CISO/ISO lacks the time or expertise to handle upcoming or changing demands.
3. Board of Directors are looking for a cybersecurity advisor.
4. There is a need for supplemental expertise to fill gaps in your information security program.
5. To ensure the organisation is prepared to respond effectively to security incidents.
6. When hiring a full-time CISO is not economically viable for the organisation.
Generally a vCISO works remotely and collaborates with the organisation's leadership team, IT personnel, and other stakeholders. They may conduct regular meetings to assess the organisation's security needs, provide strategic guidance, and align security initiatives with business objectives. The Virtual CISO may also be available on-demand to address urgent security concerns or respond to incidents.
We understand that it includes the critical information regarding an organisation's security and hence you don't have to outsource the decision-making and acceptance of risk. The organisation can create an in-house information security team. Our vCISO would provide the necessary services to give that team the proper support, and in turn, the team is responsible for oversight and final decision-making. This solution offers outsourced guidance and advisory services at the proper level to best meet the needs of the organisation.
Yes, of course vCISO services can be customised to support the specific cybersecurity requirements and challenges of different industries. Every industry has unique security considerations and compliance regulations. A vCISO can customise the services to address industry-specific risks and ensure compliance with relevant regulations.
Virtual CISO services can be provided as one-time or ongoing, it purely depends on the organisation's requirements. Generally, it’s an ongoing service, which starts with a risk assessment and is followed by a remediation plan and then the execution phase. It can be availed as one-time or periodical risk assessment, for gap analysis, and a remediation plan. In this kind of assignment, vCISO is not responsible for the organisation's security.
The cost of Virtual CISO services depends upon multiple factors like size and complexity of the organisation, the number of devices in the network, estimated time required for the service and more. One may consider some of the below questions to determine the cost -
1. Duration of engagement - Is it a one-time project or an ongoing engagement?
2. What all is covered in the scope for the security?
3. How mature is your current information security program?
4. How much policy framework development is involved?
5. Compliance: what standards are required to be complied with, such as ISO 27001, PCI, Cyber Essentials, or SOC2?
6. Will the vCISO be working alone or managing a team?
A vCISO brings expertise and experience in developing and implementing effective security programs tailored to the organization's size, industry, and risk profile. They provide strategic direction, best practices, and actionable insights to strengthen security defences, mitigate risks, and ensure regulatory compliance.
The vCISO service model typically involves a contracted agreement with a defined scope of services, duration, and pricing structure. Engagements may range from ongoing advisory support to project-based consulting services, with the flexibility to scale up or down as needed.
Organizations of all sizes and industries can benefit from vCISO services, especially those without dedicated in-house security expertise or resources. This includes startups, small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), non-profits, government agencies, and enterprises seeking to augment their existing security capabilities.
A vCISO assesses the organization's risk profile, identifies potential threats and vulnerabilities, and develops strategies to mitigate risks effectively. They leverage threat intelligence feeds, industry benchmarks, and best practices to stay informed about emerging threats and trends.
A vCISO provides guidance and support during security incidents, helping to coordinate response efforts, contain the impact, and minimize disruption to operations. They assist with incident detection, analysis, communication, and recovery to ensure a timely and effective response.
Yes, a vCISO can assist with interpreting regulatory requirements, assessing compliance gaps, and developing policies, procedures, and controls to meet applicable regulations and standards such as GDPR, HIPAA, PCI-DSS, ISO 27001, and NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
A vCISO adheres to strict confidentiality agreements and security protocols to protect sensitive information and data assets. They prioritize privacy and security considerations in all interactions and maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct and professionalism.
A vCISO conducts a comprehensive assessment of the organization's environment, risks, goals, and constraints to develop customized security strategies and recommendations. They collaborate with stakeholders to understand unique requirements and priorities and deliver solutions that align with business objectives.
Measurable outcomes may include improvements in security posture, reduction in security incidents and breaches, increased regulatory compliance, enhanced operational efficiency, and greater confidence and trust from customers, partners, and stakeholders. ROI can be assessed based on the value delivered in terms of risk reduction, cost savings, and business enablement.