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Virtual Chief Information Security Officer


Strengthen Your Cybersecurity with Virtual CISO Expertise


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Our Approach to vCISO Services

Vistrada offers the support you need to proactively manage your cybersecurity program, mitigate risk, significantly lower operating expenses, and achieve compliance with industry and regulatory standards.

Cybersecurity remains a paramount concern for organizations worldwide. While many are dedicated to minimizing cybersecurity risks and adhering to compliance standards, finding the right starting point can be challenging.  

Cybersecurity doesn’t need to be complicated. At Vistrada, we demystify cybersecurity and compliance through our Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) services, equipping your organization with the necessary tools and expertise to develop and sustain an effective security and risk management program. A robust cybersecurity strategy not only lowers your risks but also promotes compliance, safeguarding your investments and customers, and enabling business growth.


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Why Use vCISO Services

Bridging the Cybersecurity Gap

Everyone knows a company that has faced a cybersecurity incident or breach. The belief that "it will never happen to me" is no longer viable. It's imperative for all organizations to establish an effective cybersecurity program. Here are a few reasons why organizations opt for Virtual CISO (vCISO) services:

  • Limited staffing options and challenges in hiring skilled personnel
  • The high cost of hiring the necessary resources to support an in-house team/CISO organization
  • A lack of internal expertise to effectively identify and vet a qualified CISO and the required resources supporting the CISO
  • vCISO services offer a significant return on investment

vCISO Program Components

Proactively manage your cybersecurity program

Our vCISO Services include the following components:

  • Gap Assessments and Compliance Evaluations

  • Real-Time GRC Dashboards and Insight

  • Policy Reviews and Alignment

  • Cybersecurity Roles and Responsibilities Definition

  • Security Awareness Training

  • Social Engineering/Phishing Exercises

  • Managed Vulnerability Scanning

  • Support for external security questionnaires

  • Tabletop Exercises (Incident Response/Business Continuity)

  • Annual Penetration Testing and Reporting

  • Physical Security Self-Assessments

  • Third Party (Vendor & Supplier) Due Diligence

  • Audit and Examination Preparation

Drive Cybersecurity Success

We support your cybersecurity efforts, so you can focus on your core business.

Demystifying cybersecurity


The Vistrada Difference

Your dedicated vCISO team

At Vistrada, we offer much more than a single partner for your cybersecurity program; we provide a team. Unlike others who may assign just one individual, our vCISO clients benefit from a full team of experts committed to every facet of a comprehensive cybersecurity program. This includes technical services like vulnerability scanning and penetration testing, ensuring you have all the resources for an effective cybersecurity strategy.

What Vistrada's vCISO Services Offer How They Benefit You
Focused Services Our team is dedicated exclusively to delivering vCISO services. This singular focus is our passion, guiding our efforts to support our clients comprehensively.
Proven Results Expect consistent, high-quality service and deliverables that bolster your cybersecurity efforts and facilitate ongoing improvement.
High-Touch Interactions More than just delivering reports, we offer real interaction. Our team is here to answer your questions and provide assistance precisely when you need it.
Efficiency by Design We leverage cutting-edge technologies to streamline both the administrative and technical evaluations of your cybersecurity posture, making our services as efficient as possible.
Experience that Matters Our team brings decades of experience in developing, managing, and enhancing cybersecurity programs across various industries and organizational sizes, offering valuable insights and expertise.


Real-Time Cybersecurity Insights and Comprehensive Compliance Management

The core of our vCISO services program lies in our assessment and compliance portal, offering real-time insights into your organization's control requirements status. This portal features:

  • Assigned controls for enhanced accountability
  • Executive dashboards for transparent insights
  • A repository for documentation and evidence
  • Automated reminders for tasks
  • Assessments and reporting for vendor due diligence


...and much more.

Our cloud-based solution, always up-to-date, works in tandem with our team of cybersecurity experts to monitor every facet of your program. The outcome is a cybersecurity strategy tailored to your organization's needs, and it's the necessary tools to maintain the controls you've diligently set.

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vCISO Return on Investment

Maximize Your Cybersecurity at a Fraction of the Cost

Clients achieve a significant return on investment with our vCISO services. The expense of hiring full-time staff for the roles covered by our program can reach or even surpass $1,000,000 annually! Vistrada's vCISO program can significantly reduce this operating expense while providing a higher quality of service.

Role   Estimated Annual Salary
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)   $200,000 – $300,000
Cybersecurity Manager   $125,000 – $175,000
Penetration Tester   $90,000 – $130,000
Physical Security Specialist   $85,000 – $115,000
Policy Writer   $75,000 – $125,000
Cybersecurity Analyst    $75,000 – $125,000
System Security Architect    $125,000 –$175,000
Third-Party Risk Specialist    $70,000 – $110,000
TOTAL ESTIMATED ANNUAL SALARY    $845,000 – $1,255,000

This estimation covers only salaries, excluding benefits, professional development, and the tools and technologies essential for supporting your cybersecurity program. Our vCISO services are offered at a fraction of these total costs, significantly reducing expenses while delivering exceptional value.


Vistrada is our go-to technology solution provider for complex problems that require custom crafted solutions that MUST be delivered on tight schedules, strict budgets, and to the highest quality standards. We have used the Vistrada team for delivering a number of solutions – some being completed in just a few weeks, while others have been ongoing efforts lasting many years.
Chief Operating OfficerBankruptcy Processing Firm, New York
The experts at Vistrada far exceed any technology company with whom I have worked with in the past. Their software engineers are peerless in a world of highly-trained experts. As a technology project manager for a non-profit organization I had a major challenge in getting a fully functional software program developed in a short time. Although I did not think it was possible to achieve, the Vistrada team not only delivered on time but provided an even better program.
Dr. Steven Yannicelli, PhD, RDTechnology Project Manager, GMDI Group
We have been partnering with Vistrada for our technology and business development needs, as well as the extraordinary technology needs of our clients, for over 10 years and look forward to building our business with Vistrada long into the future.
Managing DirectorProxy Solicitation Consultancy, New York
The Vistrada team was great to work with and we view Vistrada as partners who have our best interests in mind. Vistrada designed and delivered a single data model and supporting ETL architecture that met all our current needs with scalability to meet the future needs and asks of current and future customers all with less manual intervention, maintenance, and support than we needed for our past solutions.
Kelly UhlrichChief Operating Officer, Humach
No organization should implement controls to pass an audit or exam. Organizations should have successful audit or exam results because of the controls they have implemented as part of their cybersecurity program. Our vCISO services enable our clients to do just that.
Bryon MillerVistrada’s CISO


Explore our Frequently Asked Questions below for more insights and information.


A Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) is a service crafted to bring top-tier cybersecurity expertise to organizations in need of cybersecurity insight and leadership. Our vCISO services offer organizations, regardless of size, the following advantages:

  • Independent leadership and oversight
  • Access to high-level talent, irrespective of geographical constraints
  • Instant access to cybersecurity expertise and experience
  • Cost savings compared to hiring full-time employees
  • Swift implementation of program structures
  • Field-tested policies and procedures
  • An external perspective on practices adopted by other companies
  • Lower risk of employee turnover
  • Scalability to support organizational growth
  • Reduced stress during third-party audits


Several factors make organizations ideal candidates for partnering with Vistrada for our vCISO services:

  • You are experiencing a recent vacancy in your CISO position
  • You have specific cybersecurity and compliance obligations to meet
  • Your current team, responsible for cybersecurity, requires further direction
  • Your Board needs cybersecurity guidance
  • You are looking for supplemental expertise to address gaps in your cybersecurity program


HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? Vistrada's vCISO services are priced according to the size of your organization, offering an annual cost—payable monthly or annually—that represents just a small fraction of the expense involved in hiring full-time resources.

Our vCISO services offer the essential support your organization needs to implement, maintain, and continuously enhance your cybersecurity program. Decision-making and risk acceptance responsibilities remain with your organization's stakeholders.

WHAT DO AUDITORS AND EXAMINERS SAY ABOUT vCISO SERVICES? Auditors and examiners recognize the difficulties organizations encounter in staffing leadership roles for cybersecurity programs, including the position of a CISO. At Vistrada, we ensure that executive management and key stakeholders are actively involved and consistently informed about the cybersecurity program's progress. Moreover, our agreements are designed to reduce potential risks by clearly specifying the deliverables and timelines for our vCISO services.
WILL IT BE DIFFICULT TO TRANSISTION AWAY FROM vCISO SERVICES? Although we would be thrilled to partner with our clients indefinitely, we understand that may not always represent the ideal scenario. Our vCISO services are meticulously crafted to foster education and the transfer of knowledge to your internal teams. This approach is intended to gradually reduce your organization's dependence on us as your cybersecurity program evolves and matures over time.
ARE vCISO SERVICES VALUABLE IF WE ALREADY HAVE A SECURITY LEADER IN PLACE? Absolutely! No single individual can master every aspect of managing a cybersecurity program, especially considering the vast array of challenges the cyber world presents. Our vCISO services are not designed to replace your existing staff or discount the valuable work already accomplished. Instead, we aim to identify and fill any gaps within your cybersecurity program, offering support and facilitating continuous improvements.

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

The time to enhance your program is now. Don’t wait until your next audit or the day after you experience a breach to strengthen your cybersecurity posture.

Are you curious about how it feels to have a team of experts guiding your cybersecurity program? Would you like a reliable partner to help reduce risk and ensure compliance?

We are dedicated to assisting our clients in implementing, managing, and continuously improving their cybersecurity programs. Reach out to us today for more information on how we can customize our vCISO services specifically for your organization.