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Tailored Consulting Solutions for Your Security Needs

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No matter your industry, organization size, or current security posture, having experts assess your security is crucial. Our cyber consulting services cover risk assessment, defense design, and incident response, helping you identify and address vulnerabilities in your network.

Ascend’s Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) services offer on-demand cybersecurity leadership at a fraction of the cost of a full-time CISO. With the average annual cost of a CISO over $200,000 and a shortage of cybersecurity skills, our vCISO services provide essential expertise to enhance your cybersecurity maturity and manage risk effectively.

Leverage security expertise to protect your organization with a vCISO

Ascend’s virtual CISO services provide your organization with experienced cybersecurity leaders who collaborate with your team to implement risk reduction controls, monitor emerging threats, and ensure compliance with regulatory obligations. By conducting a needs analysis, our vCISOs develop a customized cybersecurity roadmap that aligns with your business objectives, risk appetite, and budget, ensuring targeted and effective initiatives.

Our vCISOs continuously manage risks by refining cybersecurity controls tailored to your business practices, improving your overall cybersecurity posture. They proactively detect and respond to emerging threats, maintaining robust cybersecurity governance through regular reviews with technical resources, senior management, and board members. Leveraging industry best practices, our vCISOs implement key controls, including information security policies, incident response plans, vendor risk management, cybersecurity tool evaluation, and zero trust architecture.

Benefits of a vCISO

  • Specialized cybersecurity expertise & access to cyber threat intelligence
  • Significant savings with no full-time payroll or training & certification costs
  • Dedicated cyber business partner to work with leadership & meet goals
  • Unbiased, third-party eyes on your organization’s cyber program

Your vCISO Security Program

Needs analysis

We start by understanding your business objectives, compliance gaps, and cybersecurity risks to tailor a comprehensive cybersecurity plan.

Custom Security Strategy

Our vCISOs develop a strategic roadmap that prioritizes cybersecurity initiatives according to your specific requirements and desired outcomes.

Collaborative Implementation

Work directly with our vCISOs to implement cybersecurity controls that align with your business practices, reducing the impact on your staff.


Our vCISOs constantly stay vigilant for emerging threats, responding on-demand to mitigate risks swiftly.


Our vCISOs constantly stay vigilant for emerging threats, responding on-demand to mitigate risks swiftly.

Our vCISO Process


Understand how your organization operates, identify what assets are critical to it’s success, and learn what risks are apparent.


assessment for technical and non-technical security deficiencies. Both strengths and weaknesses are evaluated and documented.


Your risk management roadmap is custom made for your organization. It contains an overview of the risks identified along with recommendations.


Your vCISO will work with leadership to align the initiatives with your organization’s vision, budget, and risk tolerance.

Security consulting Benefits

  • Cyber Risk Management: Identify cybersecurity gaps,
    plus receive advice & consulting around compliance frameworks
  • Ongoing Support: Continuous contact with experts,
    valuable insight, & support for security initiatives
  • Program Customization: Scale consulting services to fit the specific security concerns & needs of your organization

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a vCISO?

A vCISO, or Virtual Chief Information Security Officer, is a certified cybersecurity expert who provides virtual cybersecurity leadership and strategic guidance on a part-time basis

How does Ascend customize its vCISO services for my organization?

We conduct a needs analysis to understand your risks, compliance requirements, and objectives, then develop a tailored cybersecurity roadmap to address your unique challenges.

How often do vCISOs interact with our team?

Our vCISOs engage in regular monthly, quarterly, and annual status reviews to ensure ongoing cybersecurity governance and support.

discover The Power of expert Consulting & vCISO Services

With our expert guidance and strategic insights, you can navigate the complexities of cybersecurity with confidence, ensuring the protection of your valuable assets and the achievement of your business objectives.

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