Managed Security Services (MSS) are network security services that have been outsourced to a service provider.
A company providing such a service is a managed security services provider. Also, managed security services (MSS) are a systematic approach to managing an organization’s security needs. The services may be conducted in house or outsourced to a service provider that oversees other companies’ network and information system security.
Functions of a managed security services includes round-the-clock monitoring and management of intrusion detection systems and firewalls, overseeing patch management and upgrades, performing security assessments and security audits, and responding to emergencies.
There are products available from a number of vendors to help organize and guide the procedures involved. This diverts the burden of performing the chores manually, which can be considerable, away from administrators.
The six categories of managed security services are as following:
- On-site consulting
- Remote perimeter management
- Product resale
- Managed security monitoring
- Penetration and vulnerability testing
- Compliance monitoring