Managed security service (MSS) is an array of cybersecurity-related services and support such as managing and monitoring firewalls and intrusion detection systems and performing vulnerability and penetration assessments as well as audits monitoring patches and upgrades; as well as assisting in establishing protocols and guidelines that reduce the chance of a data breach. MSS providers also provide cybersecurity advice and assistance with compliance requirements for regulatory compliance like HIPAA, PCI DSS, SOX, GLBA, and ISO.
Premium MSS solutions typically include technologies like security information and management (SIEM), endpoint detection and response, cloud access security broker, container security, and much more. A majority of the top MSSPs offer 24/7 monitoring through their security operations center and threat intelligence that enhances the context, and proactive threats hunting.
MSS may also help their clients identify vulnerabilities and assess the impact on visit business functions like availability and performance. This helps them to avoid costly cyberattacks, and also improve their overall cybersecurity posture.
Many of the most reputable MSSPs offer a variety of managed IT services like network monitoring, remote assistance, and security policy development. They provide a centralized dashboard that lets them see all the devices and applications of their clients. In addition, they offer change management services and backup and recovery solutions to safeguard data in event of an incident. They can also help with security and governance of data with tools such as encryption and data loss prevention.