Benefits of Retaining a Virtual CISO

Cybersecurity is finally gaining the attention it’s due. From whistleblowers to major data breaches, issues once kept strictly in the confines of board rooms and restricted government offices, are now plastered all over the news. Even the average layman is now aware of the sinister consequences of compromised non-public information.

As a result, new government regulations are being implemented left and right. Organizations of all sizes are expected by their stakeholders to protect their data at all costs. Demand for cybersecurity professionals are at an all-time high, and yet the talent pool remains stagnant. When all are said and done, the pressure and responsibility to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and accessibility of private data goes to the CISO in every organization.

  • Experience – Harbor’s vCISOs provide immediate value because of their skills and experience in both the business and security side, which is a critical combination for an effective vCISO. They also have an established network which can act as an extended resource for you and your team. Not to mention that they also act as mentors to your security team and are incredibly adaptable to your needs — as they’re not technically part of the organization, there are no agendas and the vCISO is free to skip the politics and just go straight to work.
  • Cost Effective – As of March 2017, the median salary of a CISO is $229,964, which is commensurate to the skills needed, the demand for this position, and the severe shortage of talent. That said, not all organizations have this budget, nor do they need a CISO full-time, so a vCISO is the more logical choice. A vCISO does not require any benefits nor will there be an onboarding necessary (saves you time and resources). Not to mention that you will only pay for what you need.
  • Flexibility – vCISOs are generally on-call and are available to help whether on-site or off-site (depending on your needs and your agreement). They are also incredibly scalable; they have a vast network of professionals so they can expand if necessary, depending on the needs of your team. Retaining a vCISO is essentially a short-term relationship with limited risk.

Cybersecurity Confidence Index

Harbor developed the Cybersecurity Confidence Index (CCI) self-assessment tool as method for organizations to consider cybersecurity. The goal of the CCI is to allow you to assess confidence in your organization's ability to; identify digital assets, protect those assets, detect events that cause harm to the assets/business, and effectively respond/recover from an event. This qualitative assessment will provide insight into your organization's ability to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data and systems.



Cybersecurity Services

Risk Assessment

In today’s world, every organization faces significant risk when it comes to their critical and sensitive data, information assets, and facilities. But how do you quantify and prepare for this cybersecurity risk?


Program design and implementation of a cybersecurity framework that ensures effective compliance, risk and resource management. Delivers compliance for PCI DSS, ISO27001, NIST 800-53, HIPAA, NYCRR500, etc.).

Incident Response

Security incident response investigates the attack, contains its impact, takes immediate remediation actions, and ultimately restores data and systems to a protected state.

Continuous Monitoring

Often overlooked and potentially most important piece of a comprehensive security program is the continuous monitoring for threat activity and new vulnerabilities in your organization.

Virtual CISO (vCISO)

Whether you need high-level strategy, or deep technical expertise, Harbor’s vCISO service will deliver expertise and experience in all areas of cybersecurity.


Cyber threats have grown so large that their consequences can significantly impact a company’s valuation. As a result, network security and data privacy are now boardroom governance concerns.

Awareness Training

A comprehensive program to educate and test your staff over a period of time allowing them to recognize phishing attacks and other ways they can improve security in your organization through improved interactions.

Application Security

The application security program focuses on making your apps more secure by finding, fixing, and enhancing software flaws. The faster and sooner in the software development process you can find and fix security issues, the safer your apps will be.

Threat Protection

The foundation to a solid security program is quality security technology. Advanced security solution which will protect you from attacks and provide visibility into malicious activity.