vCISO VS CISO VS vCIO:
WHICH IS BEST?

As the threat landscape continues to shift and cyber attacks rise, businesses across the globe are holding themselves accountable to a higher security standard.

However, with so many options for digital protection, choosing a type of security officer can be difficult.

With this in mind, we have designed this short business guide to help you cut through the noise and decide which security strategy fits your business best.

In-House CISO

A Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) can often be viewed as a more ‘traditional’ form of security.

In short, the role of a CISO is to optimise an organisation’s information security. As a top-level executive leading the IT team, the CISO provides valuable recommendations that align with the organisation’s mission, strategy and core objectives.

By working in-house, the CISO can learn more about the organisation and apply recommendations that will slot right into the organisational culture. This is great for internal stakeholders who wish to build a long-term relationship with their security experts.

However… while this can be advantageous, it can also mean that the in-house CISO becomes absorbed in the internal dynamics and politics of the organisation. Hence, resulting in security recommendations that are biased and not necessarily what the organisation actually needs.

In addition, finding a CISO qualified individual looking for full-time work can be extremely difficult, especially during the ‘Great Resignation‘.

Who Should be Using a CISO?

Costing on average £92,960 more than a vCISO every year – a CISO is exclusive to organisations with large information security budgets. Therefore, a CISO is suited to large and traditional organisations that have a preference towards keeping all operations in-house.

vCISO

A virtual Chief Information Security Officer, or vCISO, is a direct alternative to an in-house CISO. Like a CISO, a vCISO leads the in-house security operations by partaking in continuous threat management, regulatory compliance and reporting.

Aside from the obvious cost-saving, a vCISO carries numerous benefits to the organisations who chose this form of security. Most noticeably:

  • Industry-wide knowledge – One of the main advantages of a vCISO is their ability to stay up-to-date with the latest industry news and developments. Where an internal CISO could become too focused on would be focussed on non-security-related business matters, the vCISO has the external scope to make up-to-date decisions that are best for the business.
  • Eliminate key person risk – a vCISO will eliminate the ‘key person risk’ that often follows a CISO. The vCISO will encourage consistent documentation of policies, procedures and sharing of such security information with the wider team – meaning, there is no risk that one person will man all security-related information.
  • Access to more skills – While CISOs rely on their own expertise, a vCISO has access to a whole team of like-minded industry experts who can share their insight as and when is required. 
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Who Should be Using a vCISO

All businesses in need of security management can benefit from a vCISO. However, due to the scalability and cost-effectiveness offered by a vCISO, it can be described as best suited for small to medium-sized businesses.

For information on how we form vCISO partnerships at Riela Cyber, click here.

vCIO

Unlike a vCISO, a virtual Chief Information Officer (vCIO) has no influence on the security of an organisation. Instead, vCIO’s focus on the IT infrastructure side of the organisation. In other words, a vCIO is an outsourced head of IT.

Who Should be Using a vCIO?

vCIO’s are well-suited to organisations that do not already have an internal IT team but seek to improve their IT infrastructure. Equally, this can be achieved by outsourcing your IT services to a Managed Service Provider (MSP).

If you are looking for a robust and cost-effective solution to help plan and implement a modern IT strategy, an outsourced IT Engineer is likely the best option for you.

Of course, we are biased toward our sister company Riela Tech for all MSP services (check them out here). However, if you are more inclined to have one go-to external staff member rather than a team, a vCIO is the way to go.

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Kurt Schrauwen

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Director

Kurt Schrauwen is a Director of the Riela Group of companies which includes Riela Yachts, Riela Cyber and Riela Tech. 

Kurt brings more than 20 years of leadership experience having been an early part of the global success of Microgaming in becoming a market leader. Kurt was responsible for the commercial, contractual, and technical sales for Microgaming and with this experience will complement the company’s growth strategy.

Kurt is passionate about business optimisation and prides himself in having an intrapreneurial outlook to maximise staff potential, reduce inefficiencies as well as identifying and maturing revenue growth opportunities.

Paul Cocker

Service Delivery Coordinator

Paul Cocker joined the Riela Group in late 2021, after spending just under 20 years with his previous employer.

Paul is responsible for the Riela Tech service levels, working on both the dispatch function and SLA management. Paul carries out a variety of duties across the Network Operations Centre and works closely across the wider team to deliver professionally tailored solutions for our Riela Tech clients.

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Murat Guner

Infrastructure Engineer

Murat Guner joined the Riela Group in the Summer of 2021 as an Infrastructure Engineer.

Murat began his career in Turkey as a computer teacher for primary and secondary schools before migrating his skills into IT infrastructure. After honing his IT experiences throughout a colourful career path, Murat gained numerous qualifications which he is now excited to apply to the management of our Riela Tech infrastructure.

Andrew Clucas

Senior Network Engineer

Andy is a qualified Network Engineer with in-depth knowledge of architecting, implementing and supporting networking solutions in the SMB, Enterprise and Service Provider environments.

He has over 20 years of experience working across multiple vendor operating systems, including Cisco, Juniper, Linux and Microsoft, and has also been responsible for implementing a variety of large scale network services deployments, taking projects from design to rollout and support.

Andy also has experience of deploying and migrating a range of virtualisation technologies including VMWare, Hyper-V and KVM based systems.

Marc Dorey

Infrastructure & Managed Services Lead

Marc is our Group’s Infrastructure and Managed Services lead with over 18 years’ experience in delivering infrastructure projects across multiple industry verticals and international jurisdictions.  From projects in Aerospace and Engineering through to Banking and Insurance, from Europe, China, Africa and Australia.

This experience is matched with a varied list of certifications from leading industry vendors such as Hp, Cisco, Microsoft, Ruckus, CompTIA and more.  As a qualified technical trainer Marc is comfortably able to take complicated technical concepts and deliver them in simplistic terms to key decision makers and end users alike.

Most of Marc’s experience has been gained working for managed service providers, both large and niche and as such is able to take real world experience and blend it with industry standards to help align our service delivery with our clients values and processes.

Alexandria halsall

Marketing Executive

As a Marketing Executive, Alex is responsible for all marketing duties spanning the Riela Group.

Alex joined the Riela Group in August 2020, shortly after graduating with a Psychology degree from Nottingham Trent University.

With past work experience in content marketing, event management and web design, Alex is able to apply her creative and analytical skills into the Riela strategy.

Matthew Roberts

Group Head of Sales

As the Head of Group Sales at the Riela family of companies, Matthew leads the company’s sales strategy, execution, and growth.

Matthew has a successful record building trusted client relationship and delivering upon set expectations. An accomplished sales leader, he delivers a sales process that provides clients with the information and support they need to make the right decisions for their organisations and their constituents.

Matthew has significant experience within the maritime industry having previously worked across various sectors including insurance, security, satellite communications and managed IT. Matthew’s most recent experience encompasses almost 5 years spent with the leading satellite communications and managed IT provider in the maritime industry, focusing on their superyacht clientele.

Christian Goelz Riela Cyber

christian goelz

Director

Christian is involved across the Riela family of companies with particular attention to the technology businesses, Cyber and Tech.

Christian gained a postgraduate Master in Finance degree at the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland and completed his MBA at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Before joining us, Christian worked for six years at Argosy Capital, an Isle of Man-based private equity and venture capital business focusing on early-stage growth businesses. At Argosy, he focused on managing investment companies, research and financial analysis and served as a director on several boards.

ROBERT TOBIN

Riela Group Managing Director

Robert Tobin is the Managing Director of the Riela Group of Companies and is responsible in overseeing our business operations, our people and driving excellence in all we do.

Rob brings over 25 years’ of successful leadership and entrepreneurial experience across a range of industries including Family Office, corporate services, construction engineering, Superyachts, cyber security and information technology development to our Group, and to our customers.

In the past 15 years Rob has gained a prominent reputation within the Superyacht industry for his passion, integrity, innovation and achievements to date.

“Being part of an awesome, capable and forward thinking team that have a shared passion for Superyachts, people and the environment is the highlight of my career and puts a smile on my face and a spring in my step everyday”.

Peter Astell Burt

Director

Peter is an experienced technology consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the IT and cyber security industry.  Skilled in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), IT Strategy, Start-ups, Regulations, and Online Gaming. Strong consulting professional with a DPhil focused in Natural Sciences from ChristChurch, Oxford.

Tim Bliss

Tim Bliss

Director

Tim Bliss, Managing Director of Riela Tech since the company foundation in 2015 and Director of Riela Cyber, brings over 20 years’ of successful leadership experience across a range of industries including finance and banking, software development, and manufacturing, as well as cyber security and information technology. Prior to forming the company he led the technology for Manx Financial Group PLC, where he was instrumental in business systems transformation.

“It is our hugely capable team of experts that drives our business – it is fantastic and rewarding to be able to use technology, intelligence, and great customer service to help make our clients’ business and staff progressively more efficient resilient and secure”