Managed security services (MSS) are offered by third party providers for managing organization’s security needs. MSS providers offer their services from within the premises of the organization or remotely, typically via cloud depending on the requirements. Businesses are growing and expanding globally and so do the threats and malwares. With threats becoming more hostile, IT budgets have been diversified for various tasks making it difficult to allocate adequate budget for specific security tasks that require constant monitoring as well as subsequent training of employees to keep pace with the evolving technology landscape. This enforces organizations to look for more efficient compliance and security initiatives, achieved by outsourcing some of the security measures to be managed by the managed service providers (MSPs).
The aim of MSPs is to provide solutions and services for meeting these challenges. For instance, they provide expert professionals empowered with cutting-edge analytics solutions to identify risks, and subsequently define these threats to proactively implement, monitor, and manage organization’s complex security needs 24*7.
Over the years, the propensity of cyberattacks and the complexity of such threats have escalated manifold, leaving several organizations in financial doldrums. Managing risks across organization’s entire infrastructure is thus critical, especially with several potential anonymities that have started to appear due to growing IoT and BYOD trends. Thus, MSS can improve visibility, maintain integrity of data, and applications, and reduces risk by identifying vulnerabilities and prioritize threats, freeing up internal IT resources, and controlling costs to focus more on core business functions.
Functions of managed security services includes –
- Managing advanced endpoint security and antivirus
- Managing firewalls
- Security awareness training
- Managing intrusion detection systems and intrusion prevention systems
- Risk Assessments as a Service
- Patch management and upgrades
- Security Information and Event Management (SIEM)
- Managing Web Application Firewall (WAF)
- Multi-factor Access Control & Authentication
- Compliance management
- Managing Email security
- Phishing Awareness Simulations
- Managing cloud app security
- Content scanning
- Unified threat management
- Security audits and responding to emergencies
MSP’s enables organization in managing security faster and more effectively. Many organizations are turning towards managed security services for reducing pressure on their in-house security staff and to gain security expertise. To be safe from ransomwares attacks like WannaCry and data breaches more and more organizations are shifting towards MSS. For example, AT&T for securing its own network had crafted a set of managed services. Managed security service providers take the responsibility of monitoring and maintaining complex security solutions from organizations so that they can focus more on their core business areas. MSS by continual threat monitoring, identify and detects advanced persistent threats and manages vulnerabilities before malware can attack the system.
– Sonam Chawla,