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What is a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP)?

A managed security service provider (MSSP) is an IT service provider that provides an organization with outsourced monitoring and management of security devices and systems, which may include virus and spam blocking, intrusion protection, firewalls and virtual private network (VPN) management. MSSPs use high-availability security operation centers to provide 24/7 services designed to reduce the number of operational security personnel an enterprise needs to hire, train and retain to maintain an acceptable security posture. These operation centers can be their own facilities or from other data center providers.

MSSPs offer services to support organizations in regulated industries that must meet compliance requirements. With the recent roll-out of CMMC, many organizations are realizing they need outside help with their compliance obligations. Utilizing an MSSP can be a cost savings to an organization. For example, acquiring in-house cybersecurity staff can be expensive, so working with an MSSP can present a more cost-effective option. Using an MSSP can also save organizations money on equipment, software tools and other operational costs.

Some MSSPs have come into existence as brand new entities focused solely on cybersecurity offerings, where as a large amount of MSSPs have been MSPs and have added cybersecurity to their portfolio. The demand for security services is only expected to grow, so now is the time for your business to take steps to make sure you are protected. 2W Tech is a full-service IT Consulting firm that specializes in security solutions. We have an MSP and MSSP business model, as well as a Cybersecurity Compliance program. Give us a call today and let us help you on your compliance journey.

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