What is MSSP (managed security service provider)?


An information technology (IT) service provider known as a managed security service provider (MSSP) sells security services to companies. An MSSP’s job is to assist in protecting organizations from security risks, whether that is offering tools and services that safeguard corporate information or assembling a team of security specialists who can respond to intrusions as they happen. 

(Managed Security Service Provider) offer cybersecurity monitoring and management, which may include security system management, intrusion detection, virus and spam filtering, intrusion detection, and intrusion prevention systems. MSSPs also take care of things like system updates, alterations, and changes. To reduce the number of operational security personnel an enterprise needs to hire, train, and retain to maintain an acceptable security posture, MSSPs use high-availability security operation centers. These centers can be located at other data center providers or in their own facilities. 

What is the purpose of a MSSP (managed security service provider)? 

For a company, MSSP needs to offer a full-service outsourced security solution. The primary focus of an MSSP is to provide enterprise networks and endpoints of a company with security monitoring and incident response. Support for other platforms, such as cloud-based infrastructure, has nevertheless become a frequent part of MSSPs’ security portfolio as company networks expand and change. 

What distinguishes an MSSP from an MSP (Managed Service Providers)? 

Both managed security service providers (MSSPs) and managed service providers (MSPs) are external businesses that offer services to businesses. The aim of these two categories of service providers, however, is quite different. An MSP offers managed telephony (telco) or Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms in addition to conventional network and IT support. And MSSP, on the other hand, is entirely committed to providing security services. 

The “operations center” is one of the glaring distinctions between MSPs and MSSPs. Most MSPs run network operations centers (NOCs), from which they oversee and maintain the networks of their clients. To offer 24/7 security monitoring and incident response, an MSSP needs to run a security operations center (SOC). 

When assessing an (managed security service provider), the following five criteria should be considered: 

Analyze how effectively the services fit a company’s requirements and how well they can be fulfilled. 

Make sure an MSSP has subject-matter specialists on staff, such as engineers and cybersecurity specialists. 

To be accessible around-the-clock and react rapidly to requirements and crises, MSSPs need enough qualified staff members. Recognize the sensitive information management and maintenance practices of MSSP. 

In order to ascertain whether their budget can support the services, an organization must evaluate the price and service levels of that provider. 

As new data protection legislation (such as the GDPR and the CCPA) joins current laws, the regulatory environment is becoming more complex. An MSSP can assist with data collection and report generation to demonstrate compliance during audits or in the event of an incident. 

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