Managed Security Service Providers

Managed Security Service Providers Overview

Managed security service providers, also known as MSSPs, provide cybersecurity outsourcing options covering a range of security needs. These services may include patching and vulnerability management and reporting, threat intelligence, incident response, and other services. Additionally, MSSPs provide their own expertise and knowledge on emerging threats and security developments.


MSSPs can use either their own security technology or deliver 3rd party technology to their clients and end-users. The security software itself is managed remotely by the provider. This outsourcing reduces or eliminates the client business’s need for in-house hardware, IT resources, or knowledge experts. Managed security service providers also offer more specialized expertise than many smaller in-house operations would be able to source themselves.


Managed Security Service Products

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Cofense Managed PDR (Phishing Defense Center)

Cofense Managed PDR (formerly Phishing Defense Center, or PDC) is a security service designed to relieve security operators of the repetitive tasks needed to qualify, investigate, and document alerts. With it the user can focus on responding to verified threats, instead of spending…

CYREBRO

CYREBRO was founded in 2012 as CyberHat to help companies take cyber protection to new and unprecedented heights. Now CYREBRO, the vendor states their mission is to completely revolutionize cybersecurity operations by putting the power of a full-fledged Security Operations Center…

Cisco Managed Security Services

Cisco Managed Security Services focuses on advanced threat and anomaly detection, as well as providing updated threat intelligence.

Clear Infosec

Clear Infosec is the Information Security subsidiary of Ana-Data Consulting Inc. Clear Infosec aims to create value for clients by identifying, evaluating, designing, controls and technology service to help mitigate risks. The vendor states their belief that secure business processes…

Masergy

Masergy provides managed communications and contact center (powered by Cisco Webex), managed SD-WAN (powered by Fortinet), as well as managed security services.

Orange Cyberdefense

Dynamic Monitoring for BusinessesOrange Cyberdefense boasts elite cyber security talent, unique technologies and robust processes into an end-to-end managed services portfolio fueled by: A combined 25+ years’ experience24/7/365 Security Operations in 19 countriesReal-time, cloud-…

Windstream Managed Network Security

Managed Network Security (MNS) from Windstream Enterprise is a comprehensive suite of managed security services that can be applied to minimize network threats and maximize uptime. Its security controls and safeguards protect network services and customer information, and continuously…

Cisco Security Services

Cisco Security Services is a collection of available services including Active Threat Analytics as well as consultatory incident response services, strategy, risk and vulnerability management.

BT Managed Security Services

BT offers Managed Security Services including firewall and DDoS, Cloud, email and web security, as well as providing advanced cyber threat detection services.

BAE Systems Managed Security Services

BAE Systems specializes in defense and aerospace, and also offers managed security services which emphasize network security and monitoring, structural security, and best practice threat response, as well as proactive threat hunting.

Delta Risk

Recognizing the increasing number of cyber threats, Delta Risk was founded in October 2007 by a small cadre of former U.S. military operations experts who had a vision of helping private sector and government organizations build advanced cyber defense and risk management capabilities.…

Raytheon Managed Security Services

Multinational aerospace and defense company Raytheon also offers managed IT cyber security services via its Raytheon Cyber division, featuring proactive threat hunting, incident response with digital forensics, the virtual security operations center (V-SOC), and continual assessment.…

Optiv Managed Security Services

Optiv is a cybersecurity company providing managed security services and solutions focused on cyber security strategy, identification and remediation of threats and risks, and assistance in selecting and deploying the right technology to protect against malicious attacks.

Rapid7 Managed Security Services (Rapid7 MDR)

Rapid7 Managed Security Services combine technology, security specialists, and solutions to find the vulnerabilities and hunt the attackers putting a business at risk. The Rapid7 solution provides a detailed and prioritized view of what to fix first and how to remediate it fast, as…

CenturyLink Managed Firewall Service

CenturyLink® Managed Firewall Service delivers 24/7 firewall administration and proactive response to attacks for their own hardware, or the user's own. All security services are supported by certified security professionals. • Firewall options: Options include delivery inside the…

TCS Cyber Security Managed Services

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) offers managed security.

Rackspace Managed Security Services

Rackspace provides managed security services.

Herjavec Group Managed Security Services

The Herjavec Group (HG) offers Managed Security Services.

Wipro Managed Security Services

Indian-based Wipro Managed Security Services covers a wide range of cybersecurity and risk services.

AhnLab Managed Security

AhnLab headquartered in S. Korea offers managed security services including endpoint protection, forensics, assessments and vulnerability management, and intrusion response.

Stefanini Security Services

Stefanini provides managed security services designed to support security posture and security architecture. Services encompass consultation, design and implementation of security products, Security Operations Center (SOC), vulnerability management, endpoint security, network security,…

DXC Managed Security Services

DXC Technologies provides managed security services, including vulnerability and threat location and remediation, incident response, identity and access management, infrastructure and endpoint security, cloud security, and data privacy.

Booz Allen Managed Threat Services (MTS)

Booz Allen Managed Threat Services (MTS) is a managed security service, combining threat intelligence with managed detection, 24/7 threat detection and monitoring, and active support from Booz Allen Hamilton analysts.

IBM Managed Security Services

IBM Managed Security Services include firewall management, intelligent log on cloud, intrusion detection and breach management, security analytics, unified threat management, and endpoint security services.

Cygilant Security-as-a-Service

Cygilant headquartered in Boston offers their Security-as-a-Service, providing threat monitoring and incident response, and also unified vulnerability management, available as managed services.

Learn More About Managed Security Service Providers

What are Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs)?

Managed security service providers, also known as MSSPs, provide cybersecurity outsourcing options covering a range of security needs. These services may include patching and vulnerability management and reporting, threat intelligence, incident response, and other services. Additionally, MSSPs provide their own expertise and knowledge on emerging threats and security developments.


MSSPs can use either their own security technology or deliver 3rd party technology to their clients and end-users. The security software itself is managed remotely by the provider. This outsourcing reduces or eliminates the client business’s need for in-house hardware, IT resources, or knowledge experts. Managed security service providers also offer more specialized expertise than many smaller in-house operations would be able to source themselves.


MSSPs vs. MSPs

Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) are a subset of Managed Service Providers (MSPs). MSPs encompass a much wider range of IT functions and operations, including managing cloud infrastructure, cloud computing, and other resource or operationally-intensive functions. In contrast, managed security service providers specialize in removing digital security burdens from their clients’ IT or operations teams. In order to focus on the unique expertise and resources required in digital security, there is very little overlap between managed security service providers and broader MSPs.

Managed Security Service Areas


Most security capabilities can be managed in some capacity by a third-party provider. Some of the most commonly outsourced security services include:


  • Firewalls, including network or web application firewalls

  • Intrusion detection

  • Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

  • Anti-virus

  • Endpoint security

  • Network monitoring

  • Compliance monitoring

  • Identity Management


Managed security service providers give clients the added benefit of various services around the core functionalities. These services and support areas include:


  • Configuration management

  • Incidence response

  • Policy development

  • Security updates

  • Reporting

  • Training and education, particularly training against behavioral threats like phishing


Managed security service provider comparison


When comparing managed security service providers, consider these factors:


  • Ease of implementation: The largest burden on end-users when working with a managed security provider is the initial implementation process. Consider how intensive a process implementation is, including necessary agent installations on devices or networks. For more complex organizations with a wider range of devices, the implementation may also be a more complex process.

  • Point Solution vs. Security Suite: Some MSSPs focus on delivering specific security services, such as firewalls or identity management. Others provide comprehensive security packages, in the vein of Unified Threat Management offerings. While UTM-level services can provide all-in-one security services, some organizations may only need certain security services, or may just need to supplement existing security capabilities in specific areas.

  • Additional services offered: Consider what non-capability services that each MSSP offers. Depending on the organization, additional training around behavioral security may be particularly beneficial, while others with a greater focus or protecting sensitive data may place greater emphasis on white glove policy development.


Pricing Information


Managed security service providers price their offerings on a subscription basis, usually monthly. Some providers give a flat fee company-wide, while others price their services per user. Pricing varies dramatically depending on the range of security services offered, from $20/user/month to hundreds of dollars per user, per month.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why use a managed security service provider?

Managed security service providers are best used when organizations do not have the in-house resources to purchase, implement, and manage all of the security functions necessary to protect the business, its data, and its customers.

What is managed detection and response?

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) is a subset of MSSP that focuses on endpoint detection and response, network behavioral analysis, and other next-generation capabilities.

What are the benefits of managed security services?

Managed security services lower the costs of in-house security efforts, both in terms of technology purchases and IT labor. It also gives organizations access to a higher level of expertise and updated information on evolving security threats.

What’s the difference between an MSSP and an MSP?

An MSP can be any provider that remotely manages an IT service or services of any kind for clients. In contrast, MSSPs provide only security services to their clients.

How much do managed security services cost?

Costs can vary dramatically depending on the size of the organization and the comprehensiveness of the services offered. Pricing can range from $35/user/month to hundreds of dollars per user, per month.