What is a MSSP?

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 Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) is an information technology (IT) service provider that sells security services to businesses. The role of an MSSP is to help protect businesses from security threats, whether that means providing software and services that keep company data safe or building a network of security experts who can respond to attacks as they happen.

MSSPs provide cybersecurity monitoring and management, which may include virus and spam blocking, intrusion detection, firewalls and virtual private network (VPN) management. MSSPs also handle matters such as system changes, modifications and upgrades.

What are MSSPs used for?

Organizations may either outsource all or some aspects of their IT security functions to MSSPs. These companies offer a variety of services, such as continuous security monitoring, vulnerability risk assessment, threat intelligence and assessments, intrusion management, video surveillance and access control. MSSPs can also provide security recommendations and some level of continuous security, and they can develop policies to help protect a company's infrastructure.

MSSPs are an efficient and cost-effective way to protect your data and network from intrusions while reducing the complexity of the process. For example, hiring an in-house cybersecurity team can be more expensive than working with an MSSP. MSSPs can also help businesses save money on equipment and software tools.

Large enterprises typically benefit from MSSP services due to increased security threats. However, many small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) can also benefit from MSSPs as security threats evolve. 

There are six main categories of managed security services, including:

  • on-site consulting;
  • perimeter management of the client's network;
  • product resale;
  • managed security monitoring;
  • penetration testing and vulnerability assessments; and
  • compliance monitoring.

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