Virtual Information Security Program (VISP)

Our Virtual Information Security Program is a customized approach to assessing and managing our clients’ cybersecurity posture over time.

Our team of experienced security and compliance professionals will build a tailored-program designed to leverage your prior security investments and current processes, ensuring that the actions and investments you make in the future increase your cybersecurity posture over time.

Our team can serve as either a part-time Virtual Information Security Officer or as trusted advisor to your in-house Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). The VISP team is made up of a senior-level team member that is responsible for establishing and maintaining an enterprise’s security vision, strategy and programs, as well as security experts in the network, database, application and system areas. The VISP service can take many forms, which is a key component of its design. The VISP team is uniquely positioned to augment or fill any gaps in personnel, tools or expert perspective.

Whether it is briefing the board on current trends or threats, to managing the latest security software suite, the versatility of VISP is unmatched. A key business benefit of retaining the VISP services is that you get a team of security professionals with the expertise and capability of a full-time Security Officer without the associated level of overhead in costs, resources and time required when adding an equivalent capability as full-time employees.

The Fortified Difference
Investment Value

Virtual Information Security Program (VISP) services add value by leveraging a team lead by security and compliance experts to help deliver an outcome that provides a meaningful return on investment. It could be to help mitigate a breach, implement a security project to reduce organizational risk or to gain trust with clients, prioritize an organization’s list of security activities or to put security policies and procedures in place to mitigate future risks.

Immediate Impact

VISP services can be added to an organization within days instead of the months that a search for a full-time CISO / ISO would typically take. VISP services have consultants that are used to getting up to speed very quickly – learning the organization’s strategy and objectives rapidly.

Knowledge and Expertise

VISP services operate at a senior level in the client organization with expert understanding of the security needs of organizations. A dedicated, assigned security expert allows for the VISP services to be extremely effective in the short term for the client.


Uninfluenced by company politics or culture, VISP professional services provide a fresh perspective and are able to concentrate on what’s best for the business. Being independent operators, they are able to contribute honestly while working with the existing management team.


Operating alongside the executive management team, the VISP professional service expert has the credibility to promote change or culture within the client company. Unlike lower level temporary worker they are not there to just fill a spot. Members of your VISP professional services team actively add value to the client as a result of their expertise and approach, even when the work and the decisions to be made are difficult.

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Delivery Methods

Fortified will work with you to assess your current security posture and help you pick the approach that makes most sense for you. Here are some of the ways we can implement a Virtual Information Security Program for your organization. Each option below is offered for either one or three years.

Option 1
Team of Experts
A team of security and compliance professionals.
  • Senior level security executive
  • Network, Database, Application Security experts
  • Access to industry leading software tools and applications


  • The function of a fully staffed security office at a fraction of the price
  • Wide range of expertise with a specific focus on the challenges of healthcare IT
Option 2
Specialized Professional
Individual security and compliance professional to fill gaps in staffing or expertise.


  • Select the necessary skill sets or expertise that matches your unique requirements
  • Lower cost compared to hiring a FTE