LIFARS CISO as a Service is designed to address organizations information security leadership needs

CISO as a Service

LIFARS’ CISO as a Service is designed to address organizations’ information security leadership needs. Our CISOs are highly skilled at establishing, improving, and transforming Cybersecurity Programs focused on maximizing business values by minimizing risks and optimizing opportunities.

LIFARS Chief Information Security Officer Solution

LIFARS’ astute Information Risk Management leaders can discern security need, design effective solution & program, and deliver results while steering through challenging organizational culture.

Their over 20 years of security, risk, and compliance leadership experience encompassed various industries, and globally dispersed organizations.

Below are examples of some key areas delivered via LIFARS vCISOs:

Information Risk Management, Develop, lead and manage Cybersecurity vision

Information Risk Management

  • Ascertain Cybersecurity and Compliance risk landscape (current maturity)

  • Determine adequate Cybersecurity Risk Posture (appetite and tolerance - target maturity)

  • Influence organization’s culture with effective communication and awareness

  • Develop, lead and manage Cybersecurity vision and change journey

Cybersecurity Strategy - Establish and manage Information Security Program aligned with industry best practice

Cybersecurity Strategy

  • Develop Cybersecurity strategy

  • Develop Roadmap (remediation program plan included) to pragmatically execute Cybersecurity strategy

  • Develop operations management plan (operational and projects plans)

  • Establish and manage Information Security Program aligned with industry best practice/framework

  • Optimize productivity via harmonization with audit, compliance, privacy, etc.

  • Develop and manage Cybersecurity budget

Develop effective Cybersecurity Governance Structure

Cybersecurity Governance

  • Develop effective Cybersecurity Governance Structure

  • Develop, monitor and report Key Goal and Performance Indicators (to relevant stakeholders, e.g., the Board, the Audit Committee, and the Executive Team)

  • Develop and enforce comprehensive Information Security Policies, Standards, and Procedures

  • Manage internal and external stakeholders (including partners, suppliers/service providers, auditors, etc.)

  • Manage Cybersecurity and compliance relevant changes (initiatives/projects, new or updated regulation, 3rd party risk, etc.)

Cybersecurity Operations Management

Cybersecurity Operations Management

  • Develop effective Information Security team structure (Security Architecture, Security Engineering, Security Operations Center, BCP/DRP/IRP, etc.)

  • Recruit/engage required human resources to establish Information Security team

  • Determine security solutions ( tools, services, etc.) and manage vendors

  • Manage Strategic Projects

  • Manage (mentor and coach) Security Teams (Security Operations Center, Security Architecture, Security Engineering, etc.)

Other Security Demand Management:

  • New Business Security Management (M&A, Divestiture, etc.)
  • Security relevant Audit and Compliance Management
  • Ascertaining current and required information security posture.
  • Assessing Enterprise (global) Information Security including Cybersecurity, Privacy and Compliance relevant risks (landscape, profile, appetite, and tolerance for Business, NYDFS, FFIEC, CCPA, GDPR, SOX, HITRUST, HIPAA, ITGC, ISO, PCI DSS, etc.).
  • Creating sense of urgency.
  • Successfully influencing, building consensus, and, obtaining buy-in and approval from the Board, Audit & Finance Committee, and Senior Executives via justifiable Information Security Business Cases and ROI illustration.
  • Developing robust strategy, roadmap, change journey plan, collaboration framework and streamlined processes.
  • Establishing Information Security Office, Charter, Information Security Steering Team, and, Business Advisory Team; developing budget, obtaining approval and managing as planned; and, recruiting and building information security team.
  • Developing defense in depth and focus strategy, roadmap, framework, and operations management plans (for Cybersecurity and harmonized compliance with NYDFS, PCI DSS, HIPAA, CCPA, GDPR, etc.).
  • Establishing Information Risk Management framework including operations management plans, policies, and operating procedures (security, compliance and privacy program adhering to effective practices, e.g., NIST, ISO-27001, 27002, and 31000).
  • Establishing Security Risk Management Structure (capability and capacity) including Executive Governance (Cybersecurity Steering Committee) & Assurance program partnering with internal and external key stakeholders.
  • Developing metrics (KRA/KGI/KPI) and executive dashboards, communicating and managing risks.
  • Leading selection, negotiation, acquisition, and maintenance of adequate Cybersecurity technologies and services—focusing on total cost of ownership and long-term benefit.
  • Collaboratively executing and delivering target results.
  • Conducting performance objectives integration, promotion, awareness and training campaigns.
  • Increasing incident and breach response capability through effective processes establishment, technologies improvement, and preparation.
  • Decreasing phishing and social engineering risks (Cybersecurity) via improved technical controls, policies & procedures, security training, awareness, and promotion campaigns.
  • Increasing IT vulnerability management capability (systems, network, database, application, etc.) through effective vulnerability management policies, standards & procedures and enforcement; vulnerability scans, pen tests, and threat hunts; secure architecture; systems hardening; patch and configuration management.
  • Decreasing application vulnerabilities through secure software development policies & procedures, enforcement, application vulnerability scan and pen testing, and change management.
  • Accurately capturing organization’s demand (visibility, volume, variety, and variation), establishing reliable security operations center and structure (Security Program fit for purpose), and delivering prioritized projects.