What's the Difference between a Managed Services Provider (MSP) vs Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) ?
The world is not a safe place at the moment if Cybersecurity is your focus. Cyberthreats and Cyberattacks are on an exponential rise, and a day does not go past where we hear of a Ransomware attack.
The British Government recently revealed the following.
“Four in ten businesses (39%) and a quarter of charities (26%) report having cyber security breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. Like previous years, this is higher among medium businesses (65%), large businesses (64%) and high-income charities (51%)”
The above should concern every business owner that needs an online presence and relies on internet connectivity! (which, frankly speaking, is a majority!)
The more significant attacks make the news, but unfortunately, the small and medium ones become statistics that disappear into the ether. Such is the gravity of the issue that many senior business leaders accept that its a case of when not if they will get attacked.
Such a defeatist attitude leads to complacency and no amount of cyber insurance will protect you from the reputational impact an attack will have.
Yes, Cyber attacks are common and the number of threats will just get higher but treating a hack as the norm is not the approach you should take. With the right cybersecurity strategy and cybersecurity services partner, you can reduce your risk of an attack.
Hackers do not sleep! They are getting smarter and wiser and now laser targetting your network with self-learning information. Every scan or sweep of your external facing infrastructure is an attack vector and any information they can gather is then used for the next attack.
To stay ahead of the attackers, you either invest heavily in to Cybersecurity across your IT Operations team of you engage and work with Managed Service Providers (MSP) and/or Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP).
But what is the differences between an MSP and an MSSP? Well, the chances are that they do both; but that is not the norm. So let’s look at the difference between both.
MSP: What do they do?
A Managed Service Provider (MSP) often acts as a strategic IT partner with your business and manages or operates part or all of your IT.
MSP’s generally offer several managed IT services, and this can range depending on their speciality. They are usually operationally focussed and often provide service management and service desk capability.
MSSP: What do they do?
Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP)focus on Cybersecurity and generally offer detection, protection, and recovery capability.
They offer comprehensive security services like automated penetration testing, SIEM management, data loss prevention, endpoint protection and a host of other proactive services.
What's The Difference Between An MSP And An MSSP?
Essentially it will be the core competence and capability. One (MSP) focuses on overall IT, and the other (MSSP) is an expert on all things Cybersecurity.
Many businesses assume that their MSP will cover Cybersecurity, and whilst that may be true to some degree, the discipline requires skilled and expensive investment. An MSP will be happy to cover essential Cybersecurity, but when it comes to advanced cyber services, you will need the help of an MSSP.
Do I Need an MSP and an MSSP?
Your requirements will answer this. What is your existing Cybersecurity capability? Do you have the right skills and cybersecurity strategy in place to protect all of your assets?
If the answer to the last question is no or maybe, you will likely need the help of an MSSP.
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