Managed security service providers have faced significant cybersecurity issues as a result of customers' rapid changes to remote work and hackers' accompanying, increasingly sophisticated breach attempts. Choosing the best MSSP is crucial for success.

Fremont, CA: As managed security service providers (MSSPs) join with threat intelligence vendors to enhance their existing service portfolios, the market adoption of advanced threat intelligence capabilities is speeding up. MSSPs understand the value threat intelligence brings to their customers: it reduces risk by providing context to threats, allowing them to be better understood and managed. Furthermore, they are frequently used as a means of generating additional cash as well as further separating themselves from the competitors by establishing themselves as a truly trusted advisor. Enterprise customers who want a complete set of managed security services from a single supplier rather than several specialists would benefit most from MSSPs that evolve through threat intelligence adoption.

Here are some of the criteria MSSPs must check before adopting an intelligent cybersecurity vendor selection process:

Sector-specific expertise

There are various ways in which threat intelligence vendors gather their intelligence. Some of the sources can be traditional among the vendor community, but some can be specific to the needs of the industry. For MSSPs, it is critical to have a choice of intelligence sources that meet the specified threat categories that are common to the given industry. MSSPs might feel they have taken proper measures to fight general commodity attacks, but it is always better to have a  threat intelligence in their cyber arsenal.

Dissemination of intelligence

The manner in which an MSSPs’ chosen threat intelligence vendor disseminates intelligence has ramifications for their operations and the service experience of their consumers. Most threat intelligence suppliers offer MRTI feeds that customers can subscribe to, but this can be a slow process that doesn't interface well with existing infrastructure and still necessitates further data processing. At the very least, they’ll need a full-spectrum MRTI feed that enables clients to be set up fast and easily, reducing support costs and speeding up time to revenue. MSSPs should look for threat intelligence that performs real-time contextual analysis to give genuinely actionable information for distinction.

Integration with existing processes

To add contextual intelligence and transform it into active protection in real-time, an effective, MSSP-ready threat intelligence platform must work in tandem with other security vendors' firewalls, IPs, and monitoring solutions, among other things. Standardized cybersecurity information-sharing techniques that automate intelligence sharing with other devices can help with this. An open collection of APIs and SDKs can make it even easier to integrate the threat intelligence platform with internal security operations centers, resulting in improved security synergy. Threat intelligence that isn't integrated with other strategic offerings will never be worth what it could be. MSSPs should look for integration that overcomes all technological challenges while also meeting your specific business requirements.