What Is a Managed Security Service?

A managed security service is the act of contracting a third party to monitor and manage a company’s security systems. It can include assessing and updating security policies, managing firewalls and intrusion detection systems monitoring patch management, and conducting regular security assessments. It can also include responding to threats and incidents. It’s not the exact same as a security operational center (SOC) which is a group within an organization that responds in real time to cyber incidents.

Using an MSSP is cheaper than hiring full-time security specialists for your business, specifically for smaller enterprises such as locations with distributed offices such as dental or medical practices, lawyers and retailers who may not have the resources to employ a dedicated cybersecurity specialist. MSSPs can also help government entities consolidate security services, meet compliance requirements and minimize risk.

The best managed security service providers can protect your business from sophisticated and sophisticated cyber-attacks by monitoring the network activity, identifying unauthorized behavior and anomalies, as well as deploying multi-layered threat intelligence. They can also aid your company in building or improving vulnerability management programs, and provide eyes-on support to examine cyber-related alerts.

When choosing an MSSP take into consideration the costs charged by the vendor and the services they provide. Find out about their customer reviews, accreditations, and the number of staff they employ. Also, think about whether an MSSP can collect and analyze data to identify advanced threats without prior knowledge of their behavior by creating a baseline of typical user behavior and then comparing new actions to it.


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