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The Cybercrime Revolution

The Real Need for Virtual CISOs (vCISOs)

Darrell Jones vCISO at The Wrigley Group
Christophe Foulon Cybersecurity Strategist & Consultant

Laureen Smith VP Global Strategic Alliances at Kiteworks

Demand for experienced chief information security officers (CISOs) is on the rise. While large enterprises often compete to attract the best candidates on the job market, security leadership remains a serious need for companies of all sizes and situations. This is where a virtual CISO (vCISO) can help. A vCISO can provide access to experienced security leadership with flexibility that helps bridge financial and geographic limiters. vCISOs often work remotely, offering on-demand services based on their client’s needs. While different candidates have their own strengths and specialties, most are capable in critical areas such as security strategy, implementation, and risk management, as well as auditing and compliance.

Watch this webinar to learn more about this rising trend in security leadership. Topics will include:

  • Different use cases where a vCISO may be the right fit for an organization
  • Key benefits that a vCISO can offer—including substantial cost savings
  • Best practices for hiring and managing a vCISO
  • Liabilities and responsibilities in the event a cyberattack occurs under a vCISO’s watch


Darrell JonesDarrell Jones is a vCISO at The Wrigley Group. Darrel is a bridge builder focused on spanning the gap between perception and reality for Cybersecurity and Privacy in a world where change is constant and risk is ever present. Results-oriented executive and leader with over 20 years of progressive experience in Information Technology and Cybersecurity across the government, healthcare, manufacturing, financial services, technology, telecommunications and retail verticals. Specialties include risk management, program development, and cost-effective delivery of appropriate security solutions within organizational risk tolerances. Consummate generalist with a background in effective incident management, security and network operations, vulnerability, and threat management, as well as technical compliance evaluation and gap analysis.

Christopher FoultonChristophe Foulon , senior manager and cybersecurity consultant , brings over 15 years of experience as a CISO, vCISO, information security manager, adjunct professor, author, and cybersecurity strategist with a passion for customer service, process improvement, and information security. He also has spent more than 10 years leading, coaching, and mentoring people.

As a security practitioner, Christophe is focused on helping businesses tackle their cybersecurity risks while minimizing friction, resulting in increased resiliency, and helping to secure people and processes with a solid understanding of the technology involved. He gives back by producing a podcast, “Breaking into Cybersecurity,” focused on helping people who are trying to transition into the cybersecurity industry by sharing the stories of those who have done it in the past 5 years to inspire those looking to do it now.

Christophe holds a Master of Science in Information Technology, Information Assurance, and Cybersecurity, a graduate certificate in Information Systems, and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Information Systems from Walden University.


Laureen SmithLaureen Smith is the Vice President of Global Strategic Partnerships at Kiteworks, the leading cybersecurity company that protects privacy and ensures compliance of a company’s sensitive and mission-critical content. Laureen brings over twenty years of experience in technology and information systems, with a more recent focus in cybersecurity.  As a veteran executive in the industry, she has led relationship marketing, brand development, thought leadership, enterprise and channel sales, go to market and brand strategy, product management, and has consulted in many industry segments, including Government, Legal, Finance, Healthcare, Pharma, Biotech, and Manufacturing.

Laureen is the creator, co-founder and publisher of CISO Street, an online thought leadership community for cybersecurity leaders. She is also a speaker, moderator, and content creator for the site. In addition, Laureen manages the strategic advisory board for Kiteworks. Board members include Chief Security Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, Chief Compliance Officers, and Chief Privacy Officers of Fortune 500 companies.

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