The industry’s first-ever directory of virtual Chief Information Security Officer service providers has gone live today at www.thevcisodirectory.com. This extensive list of virtual CISO (vCISO) providers, collated by Cynomi, means that small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can easily tap the expertise of qualified cybersecurity professionals to protect their digital assets and ensure compliance.
Cyberattacks are on the rise, with a 42% global increase in harmful occurrences during the first half of 2022, according to Check Point Software’s Mid-Year Security Report. Strong cybersecurity measures are essential in this environment.
However, most small and medium-sized businesses do not have their own CISO, mostly because they do not have the funding to fill such a post.
This problem is compounded by the talent gap, making finding individuals with the necessary skill and specialized experience challenging. According to research by Datto, only 50% of SMBs have a dedicated, internal IT person who manages their cybersecurity needs.
Managed security service providers (MSSPs), consultancies, and managed service providers (MSPs) have created vCISO services to fill this gap and aid enterprises in strengthening their cyber defenses.
Businesses can utilize them to strengthen their cybersecurity posture while paying for the agreed-upon scope of work, typically a small fraction of the cost of an in-house security specialist.
By releasing the first vCISO directory in the industry, Cynomi is facilitating easy access for businesses to this growing resource base.
More than 200 U.S.-based providers are listed in the vCISO directory at launch, with information about their specific services and the technological platforms they employ to develop and carry out their security policies.
The directory will be continuously updated and globalized to include providers from other countries.
According to David Primor, co-founder and CEO of Cynomi, “thousands of small and mid-sized businesses across the globe could benefit from the expertise and support of a traditional CISO, but on a more consultative or part-time basis.”
The vCISO services are helpful in this situation. Businesses can use our new directory to identify all vCISO service providers in one location and compare the advantages of the numerous readily available suppliers.
According to Chris Bevil, CISO of InfoSystems, an MSP based in Tennessee, United States, “a couple of years back we weren’t prioritizing our cybersecurity services, but then we started getting consistent security-as-a-service requests.”
“We concluded that creating a vital vCISO service was in our best commercial interest. This has significantly boosted our business in the current environment and established us as a top MSP in our area.
MSPs and MSSPs offering vCISO services that are not yet included in the directory can submit their details for consideration here.
By enabling MSSPs, MSPs, and consultancies to deliver vCISO services to SMEs at scale and give them proactive cyber resilience, Cynomi’s AI-driven platform empowers MSSPs, MSPs, and consultancies.
The vCISO’s work is streamlined by Cynomi’s platform, automating time-consuming manual tasks like risk assessment, compliance readiness, cyber posture reporting, customized security policies and remediation plans, and task management optimization. This is done by combining proprietary AI algorithms with CISO-level knowledge and expertise.
By assisting partners in bridging the cybersecurity skills gap and scaling their businesses, Cynomi enables them to introduce new services, upsell existing ones, and boost profits while lowering operating expenses.
With a channel-only focus and the mission that every business deserves a CISO, Cynomi was founded in 2020 and already supported more than 50 partners globally.
To learn more about Cynomi’s solution for MSPs, MSSPs, and cyber consultancies, visit www.cynomi.com.
Rotem Shemesh, VP Marketing, Cynomi