Managed Security - The Expanded Frontier for MSPs
The cybersecurity landscape today reflects over 1,200 vendors across the 17 major categories, often with overlapping value propositions addressing very specific aspects of a broad and dynamic threat landscape. Navigating this requires tremendous effort and expertise, something that is often a tall order for most mid-market and smaller enterprise organizations.
Key IT stakeholders in these companies already have a full plate driving a broader digital transformation mandate. Increased compliance obligations and dynamic threat vectors make security a non-negotiable obligation to an already growing list of demands.
The choices facing most organizations can be distilled into three broad categories:
- Do-It-Yourself (DIY): Evaluate, assemble, integrate and manage the right set of vendors across key security domains including identity management, monitoring, managed detection and response (MDR), business email protection, data protection ; beyond the vendor selection, investing in improving correlation to reduce false positives and building the necessary expertise on the remediation front becomes equally key.
- Engage Security Experts: Engage a managed security services provider (MSSP) that brings in the tools and expertise to assist with threat monitoring and detection, augmenting existing capabilities and processes; organizations still need to bring the necessary expertise around remediation, or coordinate this activity with the managed service provider (MSP) responsible for the underlying IT infrastructure.
- Leverage 'One-stop' Service Provider: Engage a MSP that can both manage their hybrid cloud infrastructure and bring in the necessary security expertise, thereby collapsing the value propositions of MSP and MSSP into one; this also provides the added advantage of compressing the incident lifecycle across detection, response, and remediation by having all of these activities be performed under one-roof.
The 'one-stop' service provider model has the potential of solving the most pressing challenges faced by most organizations including:
- Acute talent shortage: By any estimate, there is a significant gap in cybersecurity professionals, with most at-scale MSPs investing heavily in grooming talent from other areas with structured programs and academic partnerships.
- Expanding attack surface: Cloud security adoption is driving increased IT and data fragmentation, complicating the job of securing these assets; further the boundaries of the traditional office are increasingly dissipating, making identity as the largest attack surface; improving the overall organizational risk posture requires a multi-dimensional effort across a broad set of domains.
- Dynamic landscape: The threat landscape is evolving quickly, and the attackers are often a step ahead in the race; keeping abreast requires significant commitment and allocation of time outside of the day-to-day operational activities that most organizations are not equipped to sustain.
- High cost: Managing multiple vendors, integrating data feeds from a multitude of sources, processing a high volume of alerts with a high degree of false positives, and managing the talent lifecycle introduce explicit cost and inefficiency, not to mention a high level of alert fatigue.
As a leading multi-cloud MSP, Navisite recognizes this opportunity and made extensive investments in expanding its security management services, both via industry partnerships with a curated set of threat detection platforms, and in-house security expertise to remediate threats real-time, thereby bringing a continuous security improvement mindset with defined outcomes.
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