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A managed security service is a set or functions performed by a cybersecurity service provider, often on an annual basis. It lets businesses outsource security programs rather than hiring full-time employees, and also maintaining their own in-house team.

The service may include round-the-clock clock monitoring and control of firewalls security systems, intrusion detection systems as well as patch management. It could also include vulnerability scanning, incident response and digital forensics. It may also include a virtual private network (VPN) and other security devices that protect data and devices. Many MSSPs are value-added resellers that specialize in managed security or offer it as an addition to their existing IT services. Other MSSPs are dedicated to providing security services for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) through a direct sales model.

Selecting the right managed security solution is essential, since it will reduce a business’s vulnerability to attacks, improve their security posture, and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. When choosing a security partner, pick a company that is proactive with their approach to cybersecurity and provides 24/7 support.

One example of a highly effective service is user behavior analytics, also known as UBA. This method is used to establish an average of normal behavior in networks, and compares new actions to that baseline to spot anomalies.

The best MSSPs learn and can provide a clear view of an environment so they can deliver tailored guidance to reduce attacks, respond quickly and with confidence when an incident occurs and improve the security position. This involves analyzing data, delivering actionable alerts, and optimizing and enhancing a security program in the long run.