Manage massive amounts of sensitive data. IBM and the Ponemon Institute found that an average of nearly 26,000 documents are compromised with each data breach. A vCISO can quickly determine where critical data and assets reside and what level of protection is necessary.
Sort out organizational complexity. There are any number of intersecting factors to consider when determining risk, like the distribution of architecture, the lifecycle of applications, and the data and technology stack. A vCISO can sort out these complexities and identify current and future risk factors.
Assess risk. A vCISO can coordinate efforts to examine perceived and actual risk, identify critical vulnerabilities and deliver a better picture of risk exposure that can inform future decisions.
Identify the attack surface. Organizations face internal and external threats that are both known and unknown. A vCISO can identify security blind spots, determine the probability of compromise and quantify the potential impact.
Implement compliance. Because vCISOs are well-versed in regulatory standards, they can implement processes to remain compliant today and offer strategies that allow the organization to prepare for potential regulation changes.
Ponemon Institute research reaffirms that cyberattacks have a direct impact on patient safety risks and mortality, which was exacerbated by COVID-19 and ongoing risk management with third-party vendors.