Setting up a strong line of defense is pretty simple and hassle-free with optimum threat visibility. Though business owners invest in a motley range of security tools and implements, getting the maximum value out of these tools seems to be the real challenge. The best way to put underutilized resources to use and get the highest return on security investment is to assign deployment and security management to a seasoned security operations team. Managed Security Service Providers are the best bet whenever an organization faces the conundrum of miscalculated security strategies and insubstantial situational awareness.
Managed Security is a service that lets businesses offload security management responsibilities to a dedicated Security Operations Center that typically uses proactive threat detection and containment techniques to protect the data assets and networks. A Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) remotely manages the security status, risk exposure and vulnerabilities on the client’s IT infrastructure, end-user systems and other managed assets on a subscription model. The self-sustaining, laboratory-like operation unit allows organizations to outsource the challenge of conducting uninterrupted threat prevention processes.
The service is often preferred by organizations that do not have the requisite technical expertise in their in-house IT team and would rather have a full-fledged team of experts coordinating all tasks pertaining to their security implements on a centralized, integrated platform. MSSPs are sought after for their combined benefits of battle-tested expertise in process efficiency and the optimized access to industry-leading security solutions they facilitate.
Their topmost objectives are threat visibility, improving defenses as well as security awareness while reducing costs and helping clients realize maximum value out of security solutions. Since the ultimate goal of Managed Security is Incident Response, i.e. detecting and eliminating security incidents, MSSPs direct their teams to carry out deployment, behavioral analysis, baseline establishment and progressive hardening of the environment to reduce or eliminate the impact of anomalies.
MSSPs – the Security Operations Team and its purpose
Managed Security Providers can work with you as custodians of optimal compliance standards for your information systems, sensitive data and operations. Vulnerability Management focuses on identifying and resolving threats so as to eliminate risks of exposure to compromise of user data privacy and intellectual property theft. Most MSSPs regard their security goals through the compliance perspective and guide the streamlining of compliance reporting, remediation and audit-readiness by continuously managing adjustments in all security controls deployed.
The team is typically comprised of dynamic teams of analysts and compliance consultants who channel all tasks and summarize all events with the ultimate goal of improving security awareness among executive teams, administrators, key stakeholders and decision-making staff within the enterprise. The idea is to constantly vitalize resilience and calculative spending as the enterprise progresses across technologies, collaborations and modernization initiatives.
Be it in assessing risk tolerance, asset criticality or analyzing gaps in the existing policy framework, a Security Operations Center (SOC) can bring into perspective the priority, context, scope and direction for every security risk management initiative. A Security Operations Center takes charge of reinforcing your defenses by instantly identifying latent vulnerabilities in your endpoints, perilous user behavior, and poorly guarded data assets. Threat Analytics capabilities are used to detect malicious entities and intent in your environment through an inventory of all your assets, active services and communications.
Deployment and Optimization of advanced security controls
Manufacturers of Malware and Ransomware are beefing up their weapons with functionality that can defeat and deceive conventional signature-based firewall and antivirus software. What the situation warrants is an Intrusion Detection System that has proven capabilities in tracking down multi-vector attacks. CIOs today acknowledge the unparalleled benefits of a threat management system that handles both anomaly-based detection and signature-based response with constantly advancing correlation directives.
That brings us to Security Information and Event Management – unarguably the pinnacle of every responsive, continuous threat management platform. An SIEM tool that has not been acclimatized and optimized to deal with evolving attacks can end up on the shelf. It pays to thoroughly validate not only the purported features of a vendor’s solution, but also verify that it works best for your environment.
Security Information and Event Management is an important component of a powerful Managed Security Service and it is instrumental in achieving pervasive threat visibility across the enterprise. This is achieved through services such as Log Management, Raw Log Analysis, Event Correlation and Log Retention.
A Managed Security Service Provider knows the best-of-breed products in and out, which means their guidance can help you make an informed decision to invest only in what you actually need. An MSSP can provide objective advice on solutions that will solve specific problems and deploy them systematically after a detailed study of the system design strategies and network architecture.