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Managed Security Services Articles

Shibu Babuchandran
Regional Manager/ Service Delivery at ASPL Info Services
Oct 24 2021
What is Managed Security Services? As Per Gartner, "a managed security service provider (MSSP) provides outsourced monitoring and management of security devices and systems. Common services include managed firewall, intrusion detection, virtual private network, vulnerability scanning and… (more)



What is Managed Security Services?

As Per Gartner, "a managed security service provider (MSSP) provides outsourced monitoring and management of security devices and systems. Common services include managed firewall, intrusion detection, virtual private network, vulnerability scanning and anti-viral services. MSSPs use high-availability security operation centers (either from their own facilities or from other data center providers) to provide 24/7 services designed to reduce the number of operational security personnel an enterprise needs to hire, train and retain to maintain an acceptable security posture".

Significance of Managed Security Services

As the businesses in today’s age are more and more relying on cloud technology plus sensitive data, the need for a 24/7 monitoring system is increasing. Managed solutions in cloud security offer this 24/7 monitoring plus support in managing cyber risk. In certain cases, the businesses would hire these MSSPs to create cyber security audits. Certain typical works in security services provide bring in, however not confined to:

  • System monitoring and vulnerability assessment
  • Incident response, threat intelligence, alerting, and other functions
  • Web applications firewall for next generation
  • Everyday security management
  • Compliance and security audits
  • Patch management
  • Correlation of security event
  • Intrusion detection
  • Penetration testing

Difference between MSSP and MSP

While you search for your talents in your business for requirement in company’s security, you will find some MSSP teams and MSP teams. While the acronyms may both sound similar, there are some thin lines of difference between MSP and MSSP.

The focus of MSP focuses on IT and network support and services like SaaS and Telco platforms. The primary focus of MSSP is to offer security services similar to incident response and 24/7 security monitoring.

The actual differences between MSSP and MSP are:

  • The primary focus of MSP is IT administration
  • The primary focus of MSSP is IT security
  • The function of MSP is to ensure easy access to the IT system
  • The function of MSSP is to ensure the security of the IT system
  • Security practice of MSSP to offer updates and bud fixes after risk detection
  • The security practice of MSP is to predict, monitor, and analyze risks also offer solutions
  • Management of MSSP deals with threat fixing, system administration, and network design
  • Management of MSP deals with all the security tasks. It alerts the threat occurrence plus recommends remediation.
  • Risk analysis contains in MSSP rather than analyzing the risks, aids in avoiding threats through offering patches and updates.
  • Risk analysis in MSP places a high focus on risk analysis also prevention of exploitation.
  • The level of security of MSP is basic
  • The level of security of MSSP is advanced
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