A managed security service is a set or functions carried out by a cybersecurity provider, typically on the basis of subscription. It allows companies to outsource their security programs instead of hiring full-time employees and establishing their own internal team.

The service may include round-the-clock all-hours monitoring and administration of firewalls, intrusion detection systems and patch management. It could also include vulnerability scanning, incident response, and digital forensics. It may also include a virtual private networks (VPN) and other security tools to protect devices and data. Many MSSPs are value added resellers who specialize in managed security, or offer it as part of their existing IT service. Some MSSPs focus on offering security services directly to medium and small-sized businesses.

It is important to select the right managed service since it can lower an organization’s risk of being attacked, enhance its cybersecurity level, and help ensure compliance. When selecting a partner, look for an organization that is proactive in their approach to security and provides assistance 24/7.

UBA, also known as user behavior analytics is an example of a software that works. This method is used to establish a baseline of normal behaviors in a network, and then evaluates new actions against that baseline to detect anomalies.

The best MSSPs study and can provide a clear view of an environment so that they can provide specific guidance to minimize attacks, react quickly and effectively whenever an incident occurs and improve the security posture. This includes analyzing data, providing actionable alerts, and optimizing and fine-tuning a security program over the long term.