MSSPs are network security service companies that serve other businesses on a contract basis. As outsourced security professionals, you hire an MSSP the same way you might hire a market agency. They aren’t your employees, but they serve your company as per the terms of your contract.
Most MSSPs serve as fractional augmentations to your own IT staff. But they also serve small businesses that don’t have a formal IT department but still need network security.
MSSPs provide their clients with technology, manpower, and expertise that are difficult to find or afford when security is brought in-house. MSSPs deploy, configure, and maintain security technologies like intrusion protection systems (IPS), anti-virus programs, firewalls, and more. In the event of an incident, an MSSP can respond quickly or help the company develop a plan so they can respond internally.
MSSPs may offer a broad range of services, or they may be hired to work on a specific security issue. For example, MSSPs can provide direct training to company personnel to help them prevent cyberattacks. They may help in designing password protocols, building structures of access to sensitive data, and doing other types of security training.
Finally, an MSSP can provide the company with comprehensive security reporting through 24/7 monitoring of the network. They can audit the company’s security infrastructure regularly and ensure they are compliant with relevant industry regulations.