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What Is CISO as a Service for Credit Unions

Does your credit union lack the resources to hire or retain a full-time Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)? Are your current cyber experts overwhelmed by their responsibilities? Have you ever wondered what CISO as a service is? This post is for you!

CISO as a service (CISOaaS) is a unique approach to providing consultation around cyber security. Many small- to medium-sized credit unions need a little extra help with their security posture. CISOaaS is like having a dedicated, experienced part-time CISO to bring in expertise around cyber and information security.


How Does CISOaaS Work?

CISO as a service brings top industry expertise to your organization. Your credit union gets a dedicated CISO to focus on your security issues and provide disciplines in developing your security posture.

What’s more, the “fractional CISO” provided by Ongoing Operations will have experience helping multiple credit unions. We think that’s a major strength. We often ask, “would you go to a surgeon who has only ever dealt with one patient?” Probably not. A CISO that works with many credit unions brings a depth and breadth of expertise, tools, tricks, and ideas that help satisfy boards, examiners, and other key constituents.

The CISO as a service tool is valuable not only for the expertise of the individuals involved, but also for the technology involved. Our experts assess what you have and how you use it. Then, they’ll provide recommendations on what technology is best for your organization to implement. The technology and the CISO work together to develop your posture as an organization.

CISO as a Service

Finally, our CISO service combines a set of preventative maintenance tasks that make sure certain cyber security related tasks happen every week regardless of other business demands. These include things like regular policy reviews and updates, anti-virus reviews, patching reviews, internal and external vulnerability checks, and many other items. These items are constantly evaluated, reevaluated, updated, reported, and improved to make sure you have a constantly evolving cyber security posture for your credit union.

Final Thoughts

The NCUA is changing the way they audit credit union security. Compliance is also changing, and IT security risks are growing more complicated, more difficult to deal with, and harder to find.

CISO as a service is the best way to leverage the individual expertise and technology you need to create the best security posture for your organization.

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