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Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP)

What is an MSSP?

A Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) provides outsourced solutions to help manage your organizations security needs. Different companies can provide different MSSP services.

Below is a list of common services offered by MSSPs:MSSP-IncidentResponse.png

  • Firewalls management and monitoring
  • Application monitoring
  • Internal resource monitoring
  • IDS/IPS management and monitoring
  • Antivirus Software
  • System patching
  • Incident response

SecureState’s MSSP is focused on delivering tailored IDS/IPS, log aggregation, and Incident Response solutions tuned to your environment.

If you are looking for an MSSP to assist with other security needs contact SecureState and we can refer you to a qualified partner who can assist you.

Related: What Happens When Your MSSP Fails?

The Why and How of an MSSP

As organizations face greater regulatory scrutiny and strive to address emerging threats, the challenge of where and how to allocate security funding becomes more and more daunting. Internal monitoring must be conducted to achieve compliance with a multitude of regulations and standards that industries face, including the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

As threats against organizations increase in frequency and severity, budgets are failing to increase commensurately. Often times, retaining a Managed Services Security Provider (MSSP) has several advantages including lower capital investment cost, direct access to highly qualified security staff, and reduction in management and resource expense.

Retaining an MSSP allows organizations to tackle strategic initiates without compromising day-to-day operations. That is, a MSSP Solution will ensure that the challenging, costly portions of your information security program are protected by highly trained security personnel. Doing so at a fraction of the cost of internal staff, who are often difficult to procure. Even worse, the skills needed to properly respond to an incident is vastly different than the skills necessary to engineer and maintain an effective detection system within an organization.


SecureState is uniquely qualified to assist organizations on both monitoring and responding to incidents. Many MSSP’s will be able to detect that a breach has occurred, but all are not qualified to respond in an appropriate regulatory manner. Our MSSP approach combines unparalleled detection systems and engineering with our PCI Forensic Investigators (PFI). When an anomaly is detected or an incident occurs, our entire team is mobilized immediately with the goal of - first stopping and mitigating the attack, and second, investigating the extent of the damage. This makes SecureState exceptionally qualified to respond to PCI type incidents. The SecureState team’s background includes military intelligence, law enforcement, Big 5 consulting, and financial institutions. We are constantly working to stay at the forefront of Information Security and assessment technology as well as business trends through training, education, and public speaking.

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Our Approach and Methodology

Our approach is to implement a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system. SecureState monitors the SIEM and tunes the appliance in real time to avoid false positives. SecureState offers several options from daily monitoring to 24x7 oversight of a network.

Next, SecureState works to execute our system auditing services. Auditing will provide events actions that are recorded into security-related information logs and are based upon the customization of the configuration and objects files of the auditing subsystem.

Finally, SecureState’s Incident Response Team is coupled with the MSSP Service. The Incident Response Team helps to manage and facilitate the response and readiness capabilities of an organization and identifies and develops business impact and planning.

What Makes Us Different

  • SecureState’s MSSP combines monitoring and incident response 
  • Tailored fit security event monitoring and response to meet your business and security needs 
  • PCI Forensics Investigators (PFI) certified incident response professional used to respond to incidents 
  • Access to public and private threat intelligence sources to aid in detecting advanced and emerging threats

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