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What Is a Managed Security Service?

A managed security service is a set of services that are performed by a cybersecurity service provider, usually on a subscription basis. It enables businesses to outsource their security operations instead of hiring full-time staff and maintaining their own internal team.

The service may include round-the-clock monitoring and management of firewalls, intrusion detection systems as well as patch management, vulnerability scanning and incident response, as well as digital forensics. It may also include virtual private networks (VPNs) and other security measures to secure devices and data. Many MSSPs are value-added resellers that specialize in managed security or offer it as an additional feature of their existing IT services. Certain MSSPs focus on providing security capabilities directly to medium and small-sized companies.

It is crucial to select the right managed service as it can reduce the risk that an organization is attacked, enhance its cybersecurity level, and help ensure compliance. When choosing a partner look for an organization that is proactive with regards to security and provides support 24 hours a day.

One example of an effective service is user behavior analytics, also known as UBA. This technique is used for establishing a baseline of the typical behavior of a network and then comparing any new actions against that baseline to detect irregularities.

The best MSSPs can learn and have a better understanding of an environment so they can deliver tailored guidance to reduce attacker success, respond quickly and efficiently in the event of an incident, and improve the security position. This involves analyzing and interpreting information and providing alerts to deter threats, reduce risks and improve and fine-tune a security program to ensure it is sustainable.


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