Gartner Research

Can You, and Should You, Bring in a Virtual CISO?

Published: 28 February 2018

ID: G00337697

Analyst(s): Sam Olyaei , Jeffrey Wheatman


As the labor market for security professionals gets tighter and security and risk management leaders' responsibilities become more complex, the search for CISOs gets harder and more costly. For smaller enterprises or those without significant regulatory requirements, a virtual CISO may be an option.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Determine If Your Security Program Is Stumbling Along, Reactive and Ad Hoc?
  • Assess Your Difficulties in Attracting or Retaining Qualified Candidates
  • Question Whether Your Security Program Is Disconnected From Your Stakeholders
  • Consider These Cautions Before You Get Too Excited

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