What Is a Managed Security Service?

Managed security services (MSS) offer a wide array of cybersecurity support and services, which include managing and monitoring intrusion detectors and firewalls, completing penetration and vulnerabilities assessments and audits, coordinating patch management and upgrading and aiding in the creation of rules and protocols to limit the possibility of leak of data. MSS providers offer cybersecurity expertise and assistance with regulatory compliance such HIPAA, PCI DSS and ISO.

Premium MSS solutions include technology like security information and events management (SIEM), cloud access security broker, and container security. A majority of the top MSSPs offer 24/7 monitoring from their security operations centers and threat intelligence that can be used to increase context, and proactive threat hunting.

MSS can also help clients identify the impact of vulnerabilities on business functions like availability and performance. This can help to avoid costly cyberattacks and improve their overall security position.

A majority of the top MSSPs offer a wide range of managed IT services like network monitoring, remote assistance and security policies development. They often offer one central dashboard to provide greater visibility into all their clients’ devices and applications. Additionally, they can provide change management services and solutions for backup and recovery to safeguard data in case of an incident. They may even assist with security and governance of data through tools like encryption and data loss prevention.


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