Managed Security Services (MSS) is the security services that different companies outsourced to third-party IT management companies. A company that is responsible for providing such security services is known as Managed Service Security Provider (MSSP). These IT management service providers are responsible for outsourced monitoring and management of security devices and systems. The most common services that MSSPs provide include managed firewall, intrusion detection, virtual private network (VPN), vulnerability scanning and anti-viral services. These services are considered to be a systematic approach to managing an organization’s security. These services must be provided 24/7 to give clients the security they deserve because any intrusion can be a huge setback for the client as well as the service provider.
Some of the most common services and functions of any managed security service provider include
Managed Firewall And Security Devices:
The IT management company is responsible for managing and monitoring the firewall infrastructure and security devices 24/7. The MSSP is also responsible for detecting and responding to any threats before any actual damage is done. This task often requires a high level of expertise to prevent any breaches in the system. The security devices must be upgraded and checked regularly to ensure maximum security.
Managed Intrusion Detection System (IDS) And Intrusion Prevention System (IPS):
For creating an efficient and effective security many steps can be taken but IDS and IPS are something that is one of the most important and vital steps. To create an effective and efficient IDS and IPS there are two things that any MSSP must ensure which are that these systems are properly integrated into to the system they are supposed to monitor. The other step is to ensure that these systems are up to date with the latest threats.
Malware Protection And Detection System:
As the technology is advancing the sophistication of different viruses and malware is also increasing rapidly. Hackers are using advanced methods to breach into the security systems of different companies. In such a scenario, it is the responsibility of an MSSP to give you the best and latest malware protection and detection system that is capable of countering any kind of possible attack on the system.
Monitored Server Protection:
An important step to ensure the security of valuable recourses of any company is to ensure the protection and security of the servers that store critical data. To hire different IT professionals solely for this purpose is not affordable for many organizations, which is why MSSPs have a server protection system in many of their packages. These companies have the expertise required for this job and cost is dramatically less than hiring experts solely for this purpose.
Because of different software bugs and system misconfigurations, the overall networks become very prone to vulnerabilities. These vulnerabilities can appear in any network, web application or database. Threat actors and cybercriminals are always on the lookout of these and try to exploit these vulnerabilities as much as possible. A good MSSP is responsible for identification of these weak points in any system and protects your valuable information.
Endpoint Threat Detection:
Endpoints are the most vulnerable points in any system and in more than 40% cases of an Advanced Persistent Attack (APA) endpoints have been the entry point. Endpoints are often ignored in the MSS but some good MSSPs make sure that they have you covered. A fully managed endpoint threat detection system is provided by some good and reputed MSSPs to give you maximum protection against any kind of threat.
Managed Web Application Scanning:
Web-based applications are a strong source of potential security leaks and viruses. To close this vulnerability gap and satisfy the necessary regulations of safety most of MSSPs give you an integrated system of security for all your web-based applications. These systems categorically scan all your web applications and discover and locate different exploitable configuration errors.
If your company processes, transmits, or stores payment card data of clients, then this is a must have security precaution for you. According to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, you are responsible for the security of this valuable information. Hackers and cybercriminals are always on the lookout for this kind of exploitable information so most MSSPs give you a system of PCI scanning and protection.
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