A managed security service is an assortment of functions performed by a cybersecurity provider. These services are typically provided on a basis of subscription. It enables businesses to outsource their security services instead of hiring full-time staff and maintaining their own internal team.

The service may include round-the-clock monitoring and management of firewalls as well as intrusion detection systems as well as patch management, vulnerability scanning, and incident response as well as digital forensics. It could also include a virtual private networks (VPN) and other security devices that protect devices and data. Many MSSPs are value-added resellers who specialize in managed security or provide it as an addition to their existing IT services. Other MSSPs offer security services to small and mid-sized companies (SMBs) via the direct sales model.

It is important to select the right managed service, since it will lower the risk that an organization is attacked, improve its security position, and ensure compliance. When choosing a security partner, look for an organization that is proactive when it comes to security and provides support throughout the day.

UBA, or user behavior directory analytics, is an example of a software that works. This method is used for establishing a baseline of the normal behavior within a network and then comparing new actions against that baseline to detect abnormalities.

The most effective MSSPs are able to learn about an organization’s needs and provide visibility to provide tailored guidance in order to limit the success of attackers, and respond quickly and confidently when an incident occurs, as well as improve the security posture of the organization. This involves analyzing and interpreting information and providing alerts to deter threats, reduce risks, and optimize and fine-tune security programs for the long-term.