What’s the difference between a MSP and MSSP?
It’s a little confusing, right?
Managed Service Provider (MSP)
Let’s start with what is Managed Service Provider (MSP): The main objective of a MSP is to deliver network, application, system, and IT management services to other businesses and enterprises.
Essentially, a MSP is a company’s outsourced IT department. Primarily focused on IT solutions and administration, a MSP ensure a client’s IT systems are operational for endpoints.
Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP)
In contrast, a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) offers cyber security as a service. The main goal of an MSSP is to ensure that a client’s employees and systems are safe, secure, and compliant.
A MSSP prevents, detects, and responds to cyber threats across a client’s infrastructure, network, and applications. Through high-availability cyber security operations and systems, a MSSP provides 24/7 intrusion and risk assessments to help clients maintain a strong security posture.
An important takeaway is that a MSP does not provide its clients with a complete cyber security posture. While MSP offers a wide range of services, they typically only offer the bare minimum of security services, like the implementation of firewalls and anti-virus software.
A MSSP goes the extra mile. The major differentiator between a MSP and MSSP is that MSSP utilizes their resources to provide clients with the information and analysis. The MSSP also carries out risk assessments to improve their client’s security posture.
So, the MSSP is giving the client the knowledge they need to make educated decisions around risk tolerance and how to bolster IT security company-wide. A MSSP is therefore one part educator and one part a security operations center.
Do I need both?
At MRW Systems, we offer both MSP and MSSP services because both are vital to maintain an adequate security posture. Through offering both services, we are able to provide our clients with the resources they need to keep their networks running reliably and protected.
To learn more about our MSP, follow this link.
And to learn more about our MSSP service, Netgrade, click here.