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A managed security service is a systematic approach a third-party takes to handle a business’s cybersecurity requirements, which directory includes managing firewalls, monitoring and implementing intrusion detection systems including patches and updates as well as conducting penetration and vulnerability assessments as well as responding to emergencies and supplying reports. Managed security service providers are generally a cost-effective choice for businesses that cannot afford to build and maintain their own cybersecurity teams, or have in-house capabilities that are not sufficient.

A security-focused MSP is a service which focuses on cybersecurity while an IT service provider focuses on IT operations. MSSPs offer around-the-clock information security monitoring and management services to help companies detect, triage and respond to cyberattacks. They typically utilize high-availability operations centers to provide services such a managed firewalls, intrusion detectors and management of virtual private networks, endpoint threats detection and response, and vulnerability scanning.

An MSSP should be able to offer custom-designed services based upon an understanding of your organization’s security goals and environment. Premium MSSPs provide monitoring throughout the day and threat intelligence as well as analysis of data. This allows them to detect threats and eliminate critical vulnerabilities.

A MSP that focuses on security should also be able provide advanced endpoint detection (EDR) solutions as well as XDR solutions. XDR monitors a variety of sources of data, including firewalls, intrusion detectors antivirus, next-generation firewalls, and other enterprise devices. It also offers central management and automation. The platform is able to detect unidentified attackers through multi-layered detection methods and gives visibility into the entire attack area to prioritize and address any security issues.