STERLING has the reach and expert resources located globally to provide our clients with broader expertise in these industry areas:

  • Banking & Finance
  • Insurance
  • e-Commerce

  • Telecommunications
  • Automotive
  • Government

  • Aviation/Airlines
  • Oil & Gas
  • Transportation

Consulting & Advisory

Our Advisory services help executives & security teams safeguard information assets while supporting business operations.


Virtual CISOs Bring Experience, Expertise, Leadership

Finding an experienced, well-qualified CISO in today’s competitive landscape can be challenging, time-consuming and expensive. If you need a CISO now, then this is the perfect time to consider Sterling’s Virtual CISO Advisory Services. 

IT Environment Security Design

Organizations looking to build from the ground up, the virtual CISO provides your team with necessary system hardening configuration guides and network designs; including multiple security protections and incident monitoring controls.


Augmented Cyber Expertise Reduces Business Risk, Signals Commitment to Data Security

Irrespective of regulatory scrutiny in your industry or your organization, too much is at stake to not have a CISO on your team. A full-time data security leader has the specialized technical knowledge and corporate governance experience to help build not only a strong cyber security foundation, but also the agility to prevent, detect and mitigate evolving threats.

Our team of experts include former CISOs from a variety of industries that can: 

  • Strengthen your existing staff 
  • Set strategic objectives to support business-critical technology demands 
  • Balance IT administration 
  • Establish clear communication with the board of directors, investors, and government agencies

The Virtual CISO has the technical expertise and business acumen to make an immediate difference. They have served a broad range of industries and know how to align information security strategies with your company’s unique needs and challenges.

Whether you are looking for an interim CISO or a longer-term arrangement, our Virtual CISO Advisory Services provide the leadership you need, when you need it.


Virtual CISO Advisory Services help you prepare, protect and strengthen defenses

Our CISO Advisory Services are tailored to your specific situation and information security needs. While you have a number of options when it comes to the scope and length of services, there are five areas where most organizations benefit from the experience of a virtual CISO:

Strategy Definition

  • Guiding executives across business function and IT
  • Identifies business threats
  • Baseline existing security program 
  • Define security strategy in line with business objectives and technology strategies


  • Evaluating culture, processes and technologies from a security governance perspective; 
  • Develops a prioritized set of actions to effectively manage information security strategy and program
  • Assessments can include:
  • Interviews with stakeholders across the technical, business and executive teams as well as gathering documentation
  • Robust reviews on a variety of areas, including:
    • Information asset management 
    • Acceptable use policies
    • Data classification 
    • Threat and vulnerability management
    • Third party management


Based on the assessment findings, the virtual CISO provides various types and levels of ongoing support, including:

  • Developing policies and procedures to close gaps in documentation
  • Developing a remediation plan with actionable, prioritized recommendations
  • Implementing the remediation plan
  • Providing ongoing strategic guidance that is less intensive, but assists the organization in maintaining long-term goals


Security awareness is an important part of maintaining a robust program. The virtual CISO recommends and helps to implement training on topics for every level of user group within your organization.


Strengthen Your Cyber Security Program

Don’t wait for a data breach to analyze your security and protect your organization. Talk to a Sterling cyber security expert and learn more about ways to help anticipate, detect, mitigate, and respond to cyber risks.

Accredited Experts

Sterling has talent acquisition partnerships that have extensive resources to provide teams of deeply experienced subject matter experts who are professionally accredited in project-relevant disciplines:

  • CEH – Certified Ethical Hacker
  • EDRP – EC-Council Disaster Recovery Professional
  • CISA – Certified Information System Auditor
  • CISM – Certified Information Security Manager
  • CISSP – Certified Information Systems Security Professional
  • PCI-QSA – Payment Card Industry-Qualified Security Assessor
  • CRISC – Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control
  • GSNA – GIAC Systems and Network Auditor
  • RHCE – Red Hat Certified Engineer
  • CCSA – Certification in Control Self-Assessment
  • QCS – Quality Certification Services
  • ISO 27001 Lead Implementer/Auditor

  • MBCP – Master Business Continuity Professional
  • CBCP – Certified Business Continuity Professional
  • ABCP – Associate Business Continuity Professional
  • SBCI – Specialist – Business Continuity Institute
  • MBCI – Member – Business Continuity Institute
  • CDRP – Certified Disaster Recovery Planner (CDRP)
  • DRII International Certified Trainer
  • CHSP – Certified Healthcare Safety Professional
  • CHEP – Certified Healthcare Emergency Professional
  • CEM – Certified Emergency Manager
  • MEP – Master Exercise Planner
  • BCMM Assessor