MSPs and MSSPs
Are you confused about the difference between an MSP and MSSP? Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) are third-party service providers that offer a range of services to businesses. While there is some overlap between the two, there are also significant differences that companies should be aware of.
MSPs primarily focus on managing and maintaining IT infrastructure and services for their clients. This includes services such as network monitoring, server management, and help desk support. MSPs typically work with businesses of all sizes and across various industries. They offer proactive maintenance and support to ensure IT systems run smoothly and efficiently.
On the other hand, MSSPs primarily focus on providing security services to their clients. This includes services such as threat monitoring, vulnerability scanning, and incident response. MSSPs are often more specialized than MSPs, with a deep focus on cybersecurity and the latest threats and vulnerabilities. They typically work with businesses of all sizes and types but are especially important for companies that deal with sensitive information or are subject to compliance requirements.
Another significant difference between MSPs and MSSPs is the level of expertise required. While both require a high level of technical capability, MSSPs require a deeper understanding of cybersecurity threats and how to mitigate them. MSSPs often have specialized certifications and training in areas such as ethical hacking, threat analysis, and incident response.
Finally, there is also a difference in the level of risk and liability that MSPs and MSSPs assume. MSPs ensure their clients’ IT systems run smoothly and efficiently. However, they are not typically responsible for security breaches or data loss. MSSPs, on the other hand, are responsible for providing security services and mitigating security risks. This means they assume greater risk and liability and must have adequate insurance and robust risk management processes.
While there is some overlap between MSPs and MSSPs, there are also significant differences that companies should be aware of. MSPs primarily focus on managing and maintaining IT infrastructure and services, while MSSPs concentrate on providing security services. However, MSSPs require a deeper level of expertise in cybersecurity and assume a greater level of risk and liability.
Masser Technologies has been a trusted provider of managed IT services for over 20 years, both as an MSP and Managed (Cyber) Security Services Provider MSSP. Contact us to learn how we can provide value and security to your business today.