MSSP: Cyber Security Providers Can Help You Stay Ahead

Most businesses are working hard to stay ahead of cybersecurity threats today. As cyber criminals become more sophisticated and effective, business needs are continuously evolving.

Cybersecurity threats are constantly growing and changing, much like a virus. They are constantly growing in sophistication and channels for spreading. That’s why Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) are growing in popularity. They are especially popular with organizations operating in the healthcare or financial services industries, not to mention national security. Whatever sector your organization operates in, you’ll want to consider an MSSP, and here’s why. 


What is MSSP?

An MSSP is a company that provides security services to businesses and organizations on a subscription basis. The services typically include monitoring and managing security systems, devices, and technologies to detect and respond to security threats in real-time. They use a combination of hardware and software to provide the most comprehensive services possible which include analyzing security logs, managing network traffic, and other data sources to identify and respond to potential security threats or incidents. They can also provide services like vulnerability scanning and management, intrusion detection and prevention, firewall management, and incident response.

That being said, there are several key differences between MSSPs and other security solutions, such as in-house security teams, security consultants, and security software vendors. First, the level of expertise may differ. MSSPs typically have a team of security specialists with a range of experience in various areas of security. They can provide organizations with a more comprehensive variety of services than a single in-house expert. 

MSSPs are also equipped to provide organizations with 24/7 monitoring. They have the capacity to continuously monitor security systems and devices, and detect and respond to potential threats in real time. In-house teams may not have the necessary resources to provide round-the-clock monitoring. In the same vein, the cost of using an MSSP is less than it would be to have an in-house team, especially for small or medium sized businesses. They can have access to enterprise grade security without paying enterprise fees.  Plus, there is a degree of flexibility with subscription-based models that can be customized to meet each organization’s specific needs. 

How MSSP Works

MSSPs use a variety of security technologies to provide comprehensive security services to their clients. For starters, SIEM technology is used to monitor and analyze security logs and event data from various sources to detect potential security threats. MSSPs use SIEM tools to collect and analyze data from firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and other security devices.

They also use a range of network security technologies, such as firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and virtual private networks (VPNs), to protect their clients' networks from unauthorized access and other security threats. MSSPs also use antivirus software, anti-malware software, and provide cloud security services to protect their clients’ devices, data, and cloud applications. 

The MSSP workflow generally involves several stages, from initial risk assessment to continuous monitoring and incident response. It normally starts with an initial risk assessment to identify security risks and vulnerabilities. Then, based on the results of the assessment, the MSSP designs a customized security solution to meet the client’s specific needs and risks. This may involve selecting and deploying security technologies like firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and a continuous monitoring system. 

Benefits of MSSP

There are clearly benefits to outsourcing organizational network security and protection to MSSPs, especially for smaller operations. In the event of a security incident, the MSSP provides incident response and remediation services to help the client contain the incident, minimize damage, and restore normal operations as quickly as possible. This may involve conducting forensic investigations, mitigating the impact of the incident, and implementing security controls to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

The MSSP also provides regular reports and analysis of security events and incidents to the client, as well as recommendations for improving their security posture. This helps the client stay informed about their security status and make informed decisions about future security investments.


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MSSP Selection 

Selecting the right MSSP can be a challenge. You’re going to want to consider their level of expertise, specifically in your industry. Do they have the capabilities necessary to handle the levels of security your organization requires? What do their current or former clients have to say? When choosing your MSSP, you will have to do your research. 


You’ll also want to know what range of services they have available, and which ones they are most experienced with. Alignment with your organization’s needs is critical, whether it be a focus on endpoint security, cloud security, identity management, or incident response. 


Finally, check for compliance certifications. Ensure that the MSSP has experience working with regulatory compliance frameworks that your organization must adhere to, such as HIPAA or PCI DSS. 



Ultimately, MSSP meets you where you need it to. Whether you need a helping hand for your in-house cybersecurity team or a full team of external cybersecurity experts to handle your entire cybersecurity strategy, the right MSSP will be able to provide you with the level of service necessary.  Compuquip has a proven track record of helping organizations with managing their cybersecurity risks. We work to keep everything simple so our customers can focus on what they do best, whatever industry they work in. If you have questions about selecting the right MSSP for your organization, we are here to help.