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What is a Managed Cybersecurity Services Provider?

We talk a lot about being a Managed Cybersecurity Services Provider and I thought it'd be a good idea to dive into exactly what a Managed Cybersecurity Services Provider is.

What is a Managed Cybersecurity Services Provider?

A Managed Cybersecurity Services Provider is an outside services provider who focuses on cybersecurity technology, best practices development, and implementation as well as threat mitigation and prevention.

Like with other managed services providers (MSP), a Managed Cybersecurity Services Provider (MCSP) is typically brought in when an IT department needs to outsource their organization's information security needs to a third party.

Typically a business might do this for a variety of reasons but in our experience it's for the following three:

  1. A lack of internal InfoSec experience
  2. A lack of InfoSec worker availability
  3. Implementing an internal InfoSec posture is cost prohibitive.

A Managed Cybersecurity Services Provider helps to alleviate the above mentioned hardships.

In regards to experience, a Managed Cybersecurity Services Provider brings their own workforce.

An MCSP can provide not only a host of security services (like intrusion detection and prevention, incident management, managed vulnerability and identity and access solutions), they also provide a level of experience in handling those things that an in-house department might not have.

An MCSP sees problems like DDoS attacks, malware infestations and phishing scams every day. An in-house InfoSec staff member might only see something like that every few months. Repetition of rote tasks lends itself to a more prepared and experienced team of professionals, one of the key benefits of working with an MCSP.

As for why availability is important, the answer is simple: cyber-attackers don’t keep the same schedules you do. Hackers don't make a point of attacking you and your sensitive systems when you’re best prepared to defend them. A cyber-attack can happen at any time, day or night, a weekday or on the weekend.

The problem here is your IT team might not be as flexible as an attacker. A responsible MSSP knows that the bad hombres out there on the web have no set schedule and plan accordingly. With an MCSP you’re protected around the clock, 24x7, not just 9 to 5.

Revolutionary technology allows us to watch your environment like a hawk while you focus on running your business or enjoying downtime with family and friends. You’re covered.

And finally, cost. InfoSec, GOOD InfoSec is proactive and time-consuming (see Availability) and to do it properly you need to know what you’re doing (see Experience). Seeing as we’ve covered that you might be wondering where we’re going. We understand, as I’m sure you do, experience and availability cost money.

That’s where an MCSP shines. We know we’re good at what we do. We know we're available to help at the drop of a hat too. Our customers are happy with the services we provide, and we like that our customers are happy. The key word there is “customers.”

An MSSP can aggregate costs over a customer base (if they’re good at what they do) instead of relying on a set budget or single revenue stream. To do adequate InfoSec work you're looking at a team of two to three dedicated professionals. If you're providing them internally, you could be stuck with an annual combined salary of up to $240,000. If that’s something you’re comfortable with, that’s great. Not many people are. A good MCSP can help you avoid costs like that.

What services can an MCSP bring to a business?

A MCSP brings a collection of cybersecurity skills to the table that include:

An MCSP can offer services such as:

Information Security Services can include but are not limited to:

Cloud Security
  • DDoS Protection - Mitigate attacks of all forms and sizes, at the network edge
  • Web Application Firewall - Protection from common vulnerabilities like SQL injection attacks, cross-site scripting, and cross-site forgery requests without changes to your existing infrastructure
  • Micro-segmentation - Reduce your network attack surface by protecting against lateral movement of threats through traffic discovery and micro-segmentation
  • Workload Protection - Reduce your software attack surface by ensuring proper security configuration, discovering software vulnerabilities, and controlling administrative access
  • Compromise Detection - Receive alerts you when someone or something compromises your workloads, either unintentionally or through external malicious activity
  • Compliance - Automate compliance functions, saving time and money by proving the security posture of all assets in the scope of regulations within seconds
  • DevSecOps Model - Integrate security into continuous development processes

Domain Security

  • Domain Hijacking and Ransoming Protection
  • Domain Loss
  • Domain Spoofing
  • Website Compromise
  • Phishing and Social Engineering Protection

Email Security

  • Anti-Spam & Anti-Malware Protection - Built-in malware and spam filtering capabilities that help protect inbound and outbound email messages from malicious software and help protect you from spam
  • Phishing Isolation - eliminate credential theft and drive-by exploits caused by email attacks
  • Archiving - Automatically archive older and infrequently accessed content, and removing older material after it’s no longer required
  • Data Loss Prevention - Protect sensitive information and prevent its inadvertent disclosure
  • Email Authentication - Ensure every message sent from your domain is digitally signed and tamper resistant
  • Email Encryption - Easy-to-use encryption service that lets email users send encrypted messages to people inside or outside their organization

End-Point Security

  • Next Generation Anti-Malware Protection
  • Application Whitelisting
  • Content Filtering

Network Security

  • End-to-end security across the full attack cycle
  • Top rated security validated by third parties
  • Internal segmentation firewall deployment for additional protection
  • Centralized management across physical, virtual and cloud deployment
  • Cloud-readiness: multi-tenancy and quick integration with public clouds
  • Next-Generation Application Control and IPS

  • Web Filtering
  • Antivirus
  • Web Application Security Service
  • Vulnerability Scan
  • Botnet IP and Domain Reputation
  • Database Security Control

Further services can include but are not limited to:

  • Risk assessments and gap analysis
  • Policy development and risk management
  • Solution scoping
  • Solution/tool research and requisition
  • Solution implementation
  • Management of security systems
  • Configuration management
  • Security updates
  • Reporting, auditing, and compliance
  • Training and education

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