4 Reasons You Need a vCIO

by | Feb 28, 2023

What is a vCIO?

A vCIO is a virtual Chief Information Officer who collaborates with companies to provide strategic consulting services and cost analyses for cyber security and information technology. Virtual CIO services are a cost-effective way to ensure your company is technologically advancing and keeping up with ongoing software, program, and resource updates.

PCA Technology Solutions provides virtual CIO consulting, services, and management. We like to call ourselves “technology coaches” because we don’t want to come in and completely take over. PCA strives to collaborate with your team to effectively manage your information technology and cyber security needs.

4 reasons you need a vCIO

1. Infrastructure Management

Allowing PCA to partner with your team will provide your IT department with a manager of the IT infrastructure planning and implementation. This will allow your team to focus on the day-to-day operations that typically overwhelm companies.

A vCIO can monitor company systems and infrastructure to:

    • recognize threats,
    • proactively address issues independently, and
    • coordinate with your internal IT department for any needs.

2. Cyber and Data Breach Security

A vCIO can ensure your systems have the right defense barriers for cybersecurity attacks.

“Major” cyberattack compromised sensitive U.S. Marshals Service data

You and your IT team can finally sleep soundly knowing your vCIO has your back with hacking, malware, phishing, unpatched software, and other cybersecurity threats.

3. Long-Term Technology Strategy

A vCIO will create a technology roadmap with budget considerations that will ensure your company remains up-to-date with new technology, bringing you closer to reaching your IT goals.

Hiring a vCIO can be more affordable for small to midsize companies than hiring a full-time IT person.

“…co-managed information technology is one way to ensure companies have qualified, flexible and affordable teams available to look out for their interests at all times.”

4. Backup and Disaster Recovery Plan 

Does your company have a business continuity and disaster recovery plan?

A vCIO will ensure any downtime is minimized during the event of unauthorized access to company servers by creating a BCDR (Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery) Plan.

Would your company survive if a hacker deleted or took hostage all your data? What if a natural disaster wiped out your building? BCDR Plans are essential to the continuity and success of your business.

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A vCIO will work with your IT department to ensure your technology infrastructure, servers, and applications are congruent with your company’s goals.

A managed service provider (MSP) delivers services, such as network, application, infrastructure, and security, via ongoing and regular support and active administration on customers’ premises, in their MSP’s data center (hosting), or in a third-party data center.

Many companies that use an MSP for IT either have only one or two IT employees, or none at all. However, as our large client partners can attest, even large companies can benefit from a partnership with an MSP to handle big issues if they arise, or with a specific set of services.

Book a phone call today with a technology coach at PCA Technology Solutions to find out how you can keep your organization on the cutting edge of innovation, security, and efficiency.