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Virtual Chief Information Security Officer – Des Moines (IA)

Virtual CISO – Des Moines (IA)

Organizations in Des Moines and across Iowa are forced to operate in a business environment ripe with cybercriminals intent on stealing essential business data. Bad actors rely on ever-evolving techniques such as malware, ransomware, phishing attacks, and more to find weaknesses and exploit victims. In fact, recent studies have revealed that 1 in 10 small businesses suffer a cyberattack each year, with phishing being the most effective method. Any business that uses, stores, or transmits personally identifiable information (PII) such as Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, or login credentials is a target.

For this reason, companies in Des Moines and across Iowa need to engineer a cybersecurity plan that offers maximum protection. Many rely on various appliances and software packages to achieve a baseline level of security but need more knowledge and experience to achieve maximum protection. The addition of a Chief Information Security Officer ensures that efforts are strategic and coordinated and offer a maximum level of protection. Unfortunately, many need more resources and budget to engage a full-time employee. For this reason, many turn to a Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) to provide executive-level guidance as needed.

vCISO Experience

Calvetti Ferguson serves the IT security and management needs of companies in Des Moines and across Iowa. Our team of experienced professionals has a deep understanding of security governance and management best practices. We work with organizations of various sizes to address all needs or participate in projects as requested. Team members frequently present at conferences, advise technology vendors and deliver specialized training. In other words, Calvetti Ferguson has the depth of technical knowledge and practical experience to move you forward.

Virtual CISO Services

Our team has experience in the following areas, including:

  • Business continuity & disaster recovery planning
  • Business process design and optimization
  • Cost savings assessments
  • Cyber security roadmap development
  • Data security / data privacy management
  • Governance consulting
  • IT general controls assessment
  • IT strategic planning
  • New product/application research, technology selection, and vendor analysis
  • Reporting against IT performance
  • Technology integration services
  • Vendor risk management advisor


Map of Des Moines (IA)

About Des Moines (IA)

The business community in Des Moines is diverse and encompasses various industries. Key sectors include finance and insurance, agriculture and agribusiness, healthcare, manufacturing, professional services, technology, and renewable energy. Des Moines is known for its strong presence in the insurance industry, with several major insurance companies headquartered in the city, including Principal Financial Group, EMC Insurance, and American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company.

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is a prominent organization that represents the interests of the Des Moines business community. It plays a vital role in economic development, business advocacy, and talent attraction. The Partnership offers resources, networking opportunities, and support for businesses of all sizes.

Des Moines has a growing startup and entrepreneurial ecosystem. Organizations such as the Iowa State University Startup Factory, the Iowa Center for Economic Success, and the Iowa AgriTech Accelerator support startups and provide resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities. The city also hosts various entrepreneurship events, pitch competitions, and incubator programs.

Contact Our Des Moines vCISO Team

Calvetti Ferguson provides vCISO services to companies in Des Moines and across Iowa. If you would like more information on our vCISO services, please fill out the form below, and we will follow up shortly.