A managed security service that involves contracting with a third party to oversee and control the cybersecurity systems of a company. It could include reviewing and updating security policies, managing firewalls and intrusion detection, overseeing patch management and conducting regular security checks. It may also involve responding to threats and incidents and offering support when necessary. It is not to be confused with security operations centers (SOC) which is an in-house team that responds to cyber incidents in real-time.
Utilizing an MSSP is cheaper than hiring full-time security experts for your company, especially for smaller companies such as locations with distributed offices, medical or dental practices, lawyers or retailers who do not have the resources to employ an expert in cybersecurity. MSSPs can also help government entities consolidate security services, meet compliance needs and reduce risk.
The best managed service providers can protect you from sophisticated cyber threats. They accomplish this by monitoring network activity, detecting abnormalities and unauthorised behavior and deploying multilayered security intelligence. They can also help your company in developing or enhancing vulnerability management programs, and provide eyes-on support to review cyber alerts.
When selecting an MSSP look at the cost of the service and the services they offer. Check out their reviews from customers and accreditations. Also, inquire about the number of employees they have on their staff. Also, think about whether an MSSP can gather and analyze information to detect advanced threats, without having prior knowledge of their actions by creating a baseline of typical user behavior and matching any new actions against it.