Most organizations turn to managed security services to secure security expertise and lessen their in-house security staff's workload.

Fremont, CA: Third-party providers offer managed security services for the administration of a company's security processes. Managed security service providers (MSSPs) carry out services either in-house or remotely, typically through the cloud. MSSPs offers a massive range of security services, from setting up infrastructure via security management or incident response. Some of the managed security service providers specialize in certain areas, while others offer full outsourcing of an enterprise's information security program.

Organizations choose to work with MSSPs for various reasons; this decision is often instigated by a lack of in-house resources or expertise for certain areas of security or the need for security monitoring and management outside of normal operating hours. In other cases, organizations will appoint managed security service providers to conduct the security audits or respond to and investigate incidents.

Reasons to Use Managed Security Services

Despite increasing awareness of the requirement for proactive security measures, several enterprises continue to implement sound security initiatives until they have suffered a loss due to a data breach. The number of cyber threats is increasing, and enterprises must prioritize IT security as a result. Whether an organization lacks security program maturity or wants to expand their security capabilities, managed security service providers are a valuable option.

• Managed security services provide continuous oversight, day and night for 365 days a year. Choosing to handle the enterprise security in-house, without the help of an outsourced vendor, needs massive investment in workforce and technology.

• Cyberattacks evolve at an incredibly fast pace, resulting to a new threat after another. Without the proper security tools and resources, keeping up with the evolving threats, addressing the threats as they arise, and recovering from the incidents detected too late can consume substantial resources.

• Most MSSPs have operations throughout the globe, and their focus on monitoring the threat landscape means they usually have a distinct advantage over enterprises with a core business function unrelated to security and technology. In other words, MSSPs specialize in early threat detection and protection, so enlisting the services of an MSSP enables the enterprise to focus on core business activities while leaving security concerns to the experts.

Some of the other major advantages to enlisting the assistance of an MSSP is that these vendors can conduct vulnerability and penetration testing, perform security scans routinely, and take care of other security management functions for the enterprise, freeing up enterprise IT to shift their focus to security program oversight and other activities that advance enterprise goals.

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