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This report looks at approaches to managed security services and the opportunities they offer to have security threat intelligence and protection services delivered using the resources of a specialist security service provider.


  • The growth in MSS take-up is significant and consistent as enterprise organizations identify the need to increase their use of MSS facilities. This is happening because manged security service providers offer a realistic alternative to doing everything using internal resources.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand the benefits that can be gained from working with a managed security services provider.
  • Understand the pitfalls and the security considerations that need to be made to find the right provider.

Key questions answered

  • What benefits can be gained from working with a managed security services provider?
  • What are the pitfalls and the security considerations that need to be made to find the right provider?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages
  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Faced with the perfect storm, businesses are turning to managed security service providers for help

  • More assistance is needed to protect business systems and the data they hold
  • Threat protection and security improvements are needed

The managed security services market is evolving, but no single approach covers every requirement

  • Potential clients and services providers bring their own view of MSSs to the table
  • The supply side of the market positions MSS as a major priority

Security intelligence and the use of SOCs are important elements of the MSS and MSSP delivery model

  • Security Intelligence is driving the fight back against cybercrime and the use of advanced threat technology
  • The SOC is a central source of security intelligence
  • SOCs are no longer the sole domain of government and large enterprise as the demand for MSS continues to grow
  • The SOC is at the forefront of MSS operations and must continue to evolve to stay relevant

2017 will see an increased focus on extending the MSS position

  • MSS, MSSP, and SOC roadmap strategies continue to evolve


  • Further reading
  • Author

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