Every year, managing business technology grows more complex. Ensuring employees working from outside the office is productive and secure, managing uncertainty around mobile devices and cloud computing platforms, and mitigating fast-evolving cybersecurity threats are recent challenges that have made IT confidence even harder to achieve.

Those problems disproportionately affect small and midsized businesses (SMBs), most of whom lack a senior technology leader to address and manage those areas proactively.

A virtual chief information officer (vCIO) can help solve those problems. By providing SMBs with the insight and expert guidance that a chief information officer (CIO) provides at a large enterprise, the vCIO empowers businesses of any size to approach their network technology with long-term confidence.

Here are some concrete ways that vCIO can help your business perform better.

Eliminate Unexpected Technology Spending

No business leader likes to discover that the budget for a server migration, major software upgrade, or other major IT projects isn’t accurate. But without a proactive IT strategy and a long-term roadmap, those are precisely the kinds of problems that small and midsized businesses encounter when undertaking a major initiative.

One of the major benefits of having a vCIO on your team is that they eliminate the uncertainty in your IT budget, enabling you to build out and maintain your systems predictably. Here’s how they do it:

  • In-Depth IT Audit
    When you first engage with a vCIO team, they’ll perform a deep analysis of your network infrastructure and all the devices that connect to it. They’ll use this information to put you on a fixed maintenance schedule and account for any unforeseen expenses like sudden hardware failure or human error so that your budget accounts for all likely IT management scenarios.
  • Regular Strategy Sessions
    Any quality vCIO team will regularly sit down with your executives to discuss your shifting business priorities and new business processes. These meetings will uncover new ways you can streamline your technology budget and improve productivity gains. The result of these sessions is a clear roadmap. This centralized document clearly organizes where the technology network is headed and how it will continue to support your business operations.

You’re Tired of Worrying About Cybersecurity

Most businesses are dealing with cybersecurity uncertainty. The expense and scarcity of cybersecurity talent make developing an optimized security strategy difficult for companies that can’t afford to hire a senior cybersecurity leader.

A vCIO will readily share the latest cyber intelligence with your team, bring an in-depth knowledge of the best security technologies available, and help you apply cybersecurity best practices consistently across your entire network to harden your network against intrusion.

That means consultation from an expert that elevates your cybersecurity posture:

  • Firewall configuration and network security configurations
  • Enterprise-grade anti-virus deployment and management
  • Cybersecurity awareness training strategy and service
  • Backup and disaster recovery/Business continuity planning
  • Network security audits and regulatory compliance consulting

The long-term expertise and close partnership that a vCIO provides make it ideal for businesses committed to strong cybersecurity to access the insight and resources they need to do that without incurring the steep cost of hiring a full-time security officer.

According to Forbes, the average salary for a full-time chief information security officer (CISO) is $274,033, with a high of $380,000 in large U.S. metropolitan areas.

You Need a Regulatory Compliance Expert on Your Team

Organizations in healthcare, financial services, legal services, and other regulated fields often struggle with their compliance requirements. Numerous challenges make achieving compliance confidence very difficult, including new and changing regulations, evolving network technology, and the increasing demand for a streamlined end-user experience from clients.

At the same time, without a consistent approach to compliance, businesses face the prospect of severe fines and loss of reputation.

Regulatory compliance is another important reason why vCIO support is so important. By providing your business with up-to-date information and the compliance vigilance your team needs to achieve and maintain compliance over the long term, a vCIO helps businesses discover compliance confidence while also controlling costs.

Complete Network’s vCIO team can help small and midsized businesses face every stage of compliance.

  • Clarify Needs
    By examining your network and compliance requirements in detail, our vCIO team will help identify coverage gaps and determine which laws and regulations apply to your business.
  • Draft Policies and Procedures
    We’ll work with each of your departments to develop clear rules that keep your team out of compliance trouble.
  • Deploy Technical Controls
    The vCIO will deploy the technical controls your business needs to safeguard personally identifiable information (PII) and other sensitive data.
  • Monitor and Maintain
    We’ll keep you apprised of any new compliance updates and help modify your controls so you stay fully compliant.

It’s worth noting that not all vCIO teams are compliance experts. The team at Complete Network has been helping businesses face their compliance challenges for over twenty years and has written extensively on the topic of HIPAA, PCI-DSS, FINRA/SEC, GDRP, and other major regulations. When selecting a vCIO team to help with your compliance challenges, probe deeply into their expertise, so you choose the right partner for your needs.

Learn more about regulatory compliance:

  1. What is an IT Audit?
  2. What is a Network Security Audit?
  3. The Complete Guide to HIPAA Compliance

Your Competition Has a Technology Advantage

Technology has become an area of key competitive differentiation, providing that a business possesses the IT leadership it takes to maximize the impact of that investment. Most small and mid-sized businesses are struggling to put out the daily fires associated with IT management, meaning they lack the time and energy to develop an IT strategy that gives their organization a true competitive edge.

Partnering with a vCIO is the fastest way to align your IT and business goals. The vCIO team at Complete Network and other leading MSPs will help you identify, deploy, and configure the most impactful new technologies, so you’re always working with the best tools available.

Having a proactive, strategic vision can maximize the efficiency of your workflows while boosting employee morale and allowing you to compete in an increasingly digitized business environment.

Complete Network Has 20 Years of vCIO Expertise

Complete Network’s vCIO has been serving businesses in Albany, Charlotte, Bluffton, and Savannah for over two decades. During that time, we’ve built a reputation for providing trusted IT expertise that simplifies even the more complex technology challenges.

If your business wants help maximizing its technology investment, reach out to us any time at 877 877 1840 or [email protected].

How To Supplement Your Internal IT Team.

In an ideal world, technology would be a consistent source of competitive advantage and benefit for small and midsized businesses. The reality is that many fail to realize that confidence.

Without the right resources and support, even a highly skilled technology team can become overwhelmed by the growing list of technology management duties. When important tasks get neglected, it creates ripple effects throughout an organization that damage productivity and efficiency.

The co-managed IT services model solves these problems by providing your existing IT team with all the support and resources they need to successfully plan, manage, and defend your network technology.

This guide covers:

  • • Aligning technology with business goals
  • • Reducing churn while preserving institutional knowledge
  • • Empowering your staff to maximize productivity
  • • Achieving the highest level of cybersecurity defense

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