Explore RealCISO FAQs

Everything we’re asked that you need to know about RealCISO.

What is RealCISO?

RealCISO is a powerful software platform and CISO dashboard that enables leaders to evaluate, understand and improve an organization’s cybersecurity posture and reduce cyber risk for CIS version 8, NIST 800-171, NIST CSF, NIST 800-53, SOC2, HIPAA, CMMC 2.0, ISO 27001 and more.

Can I use RealCISO to assess my vendors or suppliers?

Yes, you can! With RealCISO, you have the ability to add sub-organizations for each supplier you want to assess. Simply create invites for individuals at each supplier and invite them to their specific sub-organization to complete an assessment. You can then view your suppliers’ security profiles individually or see roll-up analysis around systemic gaps across your supply chain.

I need someone to help me talk through the RealCISO recommendations. Do you provide consulting services?

RealCISO does not provide consulting services but we have an extensive network of consulting partners who would be happy to help depending on your company profile and the type of assessment frameworks you are looking for assistance on.

Can RealCISO help me get ready for an audit?

Yes it can. Whether it’s CMMC or SOC 2 or any other framework, when you go through a RealCISO assessment, you can upload evidence for each control question along with contextual narrative. Upon completion, you can export your RealCISO report of compliance and a ZIP file of all associated evidence with one click to provide to an auditor.

I answer a lot of risk questionnaires from customers and all are different and time consuming. What do you recommend we do?

Answering questionnaires is a conversation with your customer’s risk assessors. Often, instead of blindly answering custom questionnaires, you can offer to provide the RealCISO report of your security posture (with a signed NDA of course!). You can also publish a security transparency page (STP) of your security controls with the STP feature. This is often enough to address a customers’ concerns.

How do you decide what goes into the RealCISO marketplace?

Our marketplace is curated. Every product or service we onboard goes through an in-depth functionality review against CIS controls to truly suss out what is vendor marketing and what is true coverage. Our users can now start seeing how two products in the same category can have different mileage.

How many users can I bring into RealCISO? Do you charge by users?

You can have unlimited users in RealCISO. We want to ensure that you invite as many people as you need to (internal and external to your organization) so that all the tribal knowledge is accurately captured.

I outsource my IT or have an IT manager but no security and compliance experts. Can I still use RealCISO?

RealCISO is meant for your exact use case. All questions are IT friendly and in plain English without cybersecurity jargon. RealCISO assessment results tell you exactly what you should be doing and how to prioritize that risk so you are being strategic in what you focus on instead of boiling the ocean.