When to Choose an MSSP
Since the pandemic, working from home has become widely adopted across all type of businesses around the globe. As the memory of the pandemic starts to progressively fade, many predict remote working will remain in one form or another across multiple sectors. This rapid transformation has caught many businesses unprepared to properly secure a new hybrid business world, increasing every organization’s digital attack surface at an alarming rate. With the modern workplace reliance on more digital tools comes a need for a wider security net capable to cover for it. Many organizations are not fully equipped to deal with this new situation and should consider getting professional help.
What is an MSSP?
Managed Security Service Providers specialize in providing end-to-end security services. Services include security information and event management (SIEM), network security, vulnerability assessment, and management of IT security controls delivered out of security operations centers (SOCs).
Benefits of outsourcing cybersecurity to an MSSP
Cybercriminals work around the clock and organizations can’t afford to allow their network infrastructure to be left non-monitored after working hours. MSSPs deliver 24/7 cybersecurity services and some additional benefits. Below we describe some of the key benefits that an MSSP can bring to your organization:
Real-time Detection and response. Real-time threat detection and timing is the key to threat intelligence. An MSSP provides the 24/7 monitoring required to keep the threat landscape in check, responding and mitigating incidents immediately.
The SOC factor. One of the main advantages MSSPs bring to the table are SOCs. A Security Operations Center (SOC) is responsible for protecting infrastructure (servers, applications, databases, networks, etc.). A 24×7 SOC is an essential component of any advanced cybersecurity plan.
Expertise. An MSSP enables organizations to gain access to highly certified employees. MSSPs will typically employ experienced engineers who are highly certified in the most important security certifications such as CCSK, CCSP, CISSP, and more.
Compliance. Achieving cyber security compliance with industry standards doesn’t have to be as difficult as it seems. Certain compliance laws such as PCI, GDPR, SOC 2, and HIPAA require a certain level of granular control and security. MSSPs can help meet compliance goals by guiding you through validation processes that will ensure your data and it is privacy are managed according to defined compliance requirements.
How do I choose an MSSP?
Outsourcing cybersecurity can come with a host of advantages, yet no two managed security service providers (MSSPs) are alike. The MSSP space has become extremely crowded market, finding the right MSSP can be a lengthy process, to help out we publish an annual list of the most important MSSPs in the United States and Europe. These lists are a great starting point to help you navigate the current offering of providers and their specialties.
The right MSSP should provide a high-level of cybersecurity knowledge and responsiveness, constantly monitoring a digital environment to proactively ensure threats have minimal to no impact on the day-to-day operations of the business. Any business trying to get serious about protecting their network, assets and corporate environment would be well advised to work with an MSSP.