vCISO services

Get the oversight and assistance you need, on-demand

Cybersecurity has become an essential business function to help organizations build operational resilience and manage risk. Some industries are required by regulations to have a qualified individual designated as the company’s chief information security officer (CISO). For others, a CISO can help executives make critical and informed decisions to avoid a data breach — something that almost 50% of U.S. companies dealt with last year.

As vital as it is, hiring a CISO is a huge challenge for every industry. They’re in high demand but short supply, and they command a significant salary. At the same time, most businesses need the expertise a CISO brings to the table, not the 40 hours a week that come with a full-time position.

That’s what makes Wipfli’s virtual CISO (vCISO) service the ideal option. With our fractional ownership model, you get on-demand access to your experienced Wipfli CISO — and their knowledge, strategy and leadership — when you need it. Whether it’s addressing vendor due diligence requests, responding to a security incident or enhancing your information security program, your vCISO provides both the oversight and ongoing assistance your organization needs.

How Wipfli’s vCISO services work

With Wipfli, you get more than a set number of hours a week. Our proven process focuses on what’s truly important to your organization — and what you need immediately versus down the road.

  1. Our first step is to build or enhance your information security program, which includes assessing your program and its gaps, defining your governance model and developing a roadmap that identifies and prioritizes goals by quarter.
  2. Then we run the program on an ongoing basis. This includes providing necessary oversight, holding information security meetings, tracking progress on initiatives and providing updates to key stakeholders, including the board of directors if applicable.
  3. You also receive a pool of hours to support larger projects as well as ad-hoc requests (e.g., vendor risk management, employee training, business continuity planning, penetration testing, etc.)

Let Wipfli help your organization manage your risk and ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of your information. Contact us to set up a 30-minute conversation about your vCISO needs.