What Is a Managed Security Service?
Managed security service (MSS) refers to various cybersecurity services and support, like managing and monitoring intrusion detection systems and firewalls as well as performing assessments of vulnerability and penetration audits; overseeing the management of patches and updates; and helping to set up protocols and guidelines that minimize the risk of a data breach. MSS providers also provide cybersecurity expertise and assistance with compliance requirements for regulatory compliance such as HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOX, GLBA, and ISO.
Premium MSS solutions typically incorporate technologies such as security information and event management (SIEM), endpoint detection and response cloud access security broker, container security, and more. Many of the best MSSPs provide 24/7 monitoring via their security operations center and threat intelligence that amplifies the context of threats, as well as proactive threats hunting.
MSS can also help clients prioritize vulnerabilities and understand the impact on business functions like availability and performance. This can help them avoid costly cyberattacks and improve their overall security position.
In addition to providing cybersecurity solutions, many of the top MSSPs offer a complete range of managed IT services, such as network monitoring, remote support and security policy development. They often offer one central dashboard that gives you a greater overview of the devices of their clients and applications. In addition, they offer services for managing changes and backup and recovery solutions to safeguard data in event of an incident. They may also aid with the protection of data and governance using tools such as encryption and data loss prevention.