Operating a small or medium sized business is hard enough without the burden of dealing with cyber security. As it turns out, the majority of small and medium sized business (SMB) leaders don’t believe that they have much to fear from cyber threats. In this environment, Greg Schaffer decided that he needed to do something. In 2017, he founded and is the Principal at vCISO Services, LLC, a small company dedicated to providing SMBs with the information security expertise only accessible to large enterprises.
Read more in Security Scrrent's spotlight on vCISO Services, LLC Principal Greg Schaffer at https://securitycurrent.com/greg-schaffer-vciso-services-llc/
Middle Tennessee State University Chosen as First Partner
FRANKLIN, Tenn., Feb. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- vCISO Services, LLC, an executive information security consulting firm, today announced the launch of the vCISO Services, LLC Information Security Scholarship Program to assist higher education students pursuing a career in information security. The Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) was chosen as the first partner in the program.
"MTSU is a natural choice to pilot this program," explained Greg Schaffer, Principal of vCISO Services, LLC. "I worked at MTSU for many years in IT and information security, and during that time I also earned my master's degree in Information Systems from the Jones College. I've experienced firsthand their first-class programs, instructors, and infrastructure."
"vCISO Services' generosity is greatly appreciated as many of our students have financial needs and there are not many scholarships in the area of information security," said Tim Greer, Interim Chair of the Information Systems and Analytics department. "The recipient of this scholarship not only receives a monetary award, but also the opportunity to be mentored by one of the top information security professionals. This is invaluable for someone starting out in information security."
"The need for qualified information security professionals is increasing," Schaffer added. "Scholarships and financial aid helped make my education possible, so I understand how even a small amount can benefit someone's career aspirations. It's important that everyone who wants to enter the field and has the aptitude for it not be denied that opportunity because of financial need."
The annual $500 scholarship will be awarded to a current Information Systems and Analytics student who has earned at least 60 credit hours, an overall Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 in the Information Systems and Analytics major, a demonstrated financial need, and an interest in pursuing a career in information security.
About MTSU Jones College of Business
The MTSU Jones College of Business is a major collegiate business school having both business and accounting accreditation from AACSB International, with 3000 students (2600 undergraduate, 400 graduate), 150 full-time faculty and staff, and an operating budget exceeding $23 million. The Jones College of Business is the top producer of baccalaureate and graduate business graduates for the Greater Nashville economy.
About vCISO Services, LLC
vCISO Services, LLC provides virtual Chief Information Security Officer services to small and midsized businesses at a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-time Chief Information Security Officer. All virtual CISOs have served at least five years as an information security senior executive, providing clients the assurance that their information security program is directed by those with significant, relevant, and deep experience. For more information, visit https://vcisoservices.com.
On January 26, 2018, the Nashville Technology Council will host its inaugural panel discussion of a new veterans peer group. The group is intended for veterans and those who want to learn more about veterans issues in the tech industry.
Increasing numbers of veterans are calling Nashville home. Through this new NTC Veterans Peer Group, NTC can help to provide access to tech leaders who rally around a passion to build the future of the local tech community. The peer group came together under the leadership of Kathryn Acord and Jon Zagami from Bedroc, who both served their country in the U.S. Air Force and Army, respectively.
Franklin, TN, October 09, 2017 --(PR.com)-- vCISO Services, LLC, an information security executive consulting company, has joined the Tennessee Bankers Association (TBA) as an associate member to provide resources for Tennessee financial institutions looking to strengthen their information security programs.
“One of our major focuses from day one has been banks, particularly community institutions,” explained Greg Schaffer, CEO of vCISO Services, LLC. “Our team’s extensive experiences as CISOs for small to midsize banks are a valuable resource to community institutions struggling to find quality information security executive expertise at a reasonable cost. As we are headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee, joining TBA is a natural next step in an evolving journey.”
FRANKLIN, Tenn., Sept. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- To combat the growing threat of cyber-attacks to small and medium sized businesses, vCISO Services, LLC began operations today to provide part-time seasoned executive information security expertise to organizations who cannot afford a full-time Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at a fraction of the cost through its CISO as a Service (CaaS) products.
"There is a growing rift between the security officer 'haves' and 'have nots,'" explained vCISO Services, LLC CEO Greg Schaffer. "The bad guys know that too. We increasingly see cyber criminals targeting smaller businesses because they know their information security programs are not as robust as the big companies are. We are simply trying to do our part to level the playing field."