Managed security service providers (MSSPs) are IT service businesses that specialize in providing security-as-a-services offerings for their customers. While MSPs (managed services providers) have been around for 20+ years, MSSP practices have only begun to crop up and gain momentum in more recent years.

What’s the Difference Between MSSPs and MSPs?

MSSPs function similarly to MSPs (Managed Service Providers), but are primarily focused on security, while MSPs provide a broader range of IT services and are generally less focused and less specialized with regards to cybersecurity. Additionally, while MSPs frequently establish their own network operation center (NOC) from which they monitor and administrate over customer operations, MSSPs on typically establish one (or more) security operations center (SOC), which is responsible for protecting the infrastructure (networks, applications, databases, servers, etc.).

5 Reasons You May Want to Leverage an MSSP

An MSSP can help its customer(s):

An MSSP can take over security, step in to fill in-house skills and resources gaps, or provide back-up as needed.

What Are the Typical Security Technologies Managed and Deployed by MSSPs?

Typical MSSP technology offerings may include deploying, configuring, and/or managing the following technologies:

What Kinds of Services to MSSPs Offer?

An MSSP may offer a broad, generalized suite of security capabilities and services, or it may specialize in one or a few core focus areas, such as IAM or privilege management. MSSP services may include: