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What Is a Managed Security Service?

A managed security service is a collection of services performed by a cybersecurity service provider, typically on an annual basis. It permits businesses to outsource security functions instead of hiring full-time employees and maintaining their in-house team.

The service can include 24-hour 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 that protect data and devices. Many MSSPs are value-added resellers who specialize in managed security or offer it as an addition to their existing IT services. Other MSSPs are dedicated to providing security capabilities for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) via a direct sales model.

The selection of the right managed security solution is vital, as it can lower a company’s risk of attack, improve their cybersecurity posture, and ensure compliance with the regulatory requirements. When selecting a partner, look for an organization that is proactive with regards to security and offers assistance 24/7.

UBA, or user behavior analytics, is an example of a service that works. This method is used to establish an baseline of the normal behavior in networks, and examines the actions of new users against the baseline to find out if there are any anomalies.

The best MSSPs can learn about an organization’s structure and provide visibility to give tailored guidance in order to decrease the chances of attackers, and respond quickly and confidently when an incident occurs, as well as advance its security posture. This involves analyzing data, delivering immediate alerts, and optimizing and enhancing a security program in the long run.

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