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              Top Five Evaluation Criteria When Selecting an MSSP

              Consider These Important Factors When Evaluating A Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP)

              There are many blogs, articles, and white papers out there that discuss why you should partner with a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP).

              We’ve written a few ourselves. But once you’ve made the decision to partner with a Managed Security Services Provider, what criteria should you consider?

              There are different types of MSSPs out there, and choosing one that meets the needs of your business requires a lot of research. There are security product companies that offer managed services related to their particular product. There are MSSPs that offer both products and managed services, but often with a limited menu of security devices that they manage. And then there are MSSPs that provide end-to-end security services.

              When evaluating potential MSSPs, be sure you are comparing apples to apples. There are a multitude of questions that you will want answers to when selecting a trusted security provider, but there are certain criteria that will ensure that the provider you choose has the right capabilities to keep your assets protected and your organization out of the news.

              This white paper covers the top 5 criteria you should consider when selecting an MSSP to meet the specific needs of your business, here is a sample of questions you should ask:

              • What is the MSSP's focus?
              • What is the depth and breadth of their security expertise?
              • What are the internal security practices of the vendor?

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              Select Role:

              • Board of Directors
              • CEO / CFO / COO
              • CISO / CSO
              • CIO / CTO
              • IT / IS / Security VP/Director
              • IT / IS / Security Manager
              • IT / IS / Security Staff
              • IT / IS / Non-Security
              • Risk / Legal / Compliance / Finance
              • Sales / Marketing
              • Press / Industry Analyst
              • Student

              Select Country:

              • Select an item

              Select State:

              • Select an item

              Select Annual Revenue:

              • ≥ $500M
              • $100-$499M
              • ≤ $100M

              Select Industry:

              • Banking
              • Business Services
              • Credit Union
              • Education
              • Finance
              • Government
              • Health Care (Non-Hospital)
              • Heavy Industry
              • Hospitality
              • Hospitals
              • Insurance
              • Legal
              • Manufacturing
              • Media
              • Membership Organizations
              • Retail
              • Technology
              • Telecom
              • Transportation
              • Utilities
              • Other

              Current Security Environment?:

              • Managing In-House
              • Managing Externally (3rd Party)
              • Blended Model (In-house and 3rd Party)
              • Not sure

              Select Next Security Initiative Timeframe:

              • 0-3 months
              • 3-6 months
              • 6-12 months
              • 12-24 months

              Select Our Greatest Security Challenge:

              • Securing The Cloud
              • Assessing security posture
              • Optimizing Security Operations
              • Protecting critical assets
              • Meeting & maintaining compliance
              • Preventing a data breach
              • Access to actionable security intelligence
              • Access to security expertise
              • Preparing & responding to an incident

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