Managed Security Services

Managed Security Services

Better manage risk, compliance, and governance

What Is A Managed IT Security Service?

According to recent industry research, most organizations (74%) manage IT security in-house, but 82% of IT professionals said they have either already partnered with, or plan to partner with, a managed security service provider.

Businesses turn to managed security services providers to alleviate the pressures they face daily related to information security such as targeted malware, customer data theft, skills shortages and resource constraints.

What Is A Managed IT Security Service?

Managed security services (MSS) are also considered the systematic approach to managing an organization’s security needs. The services may be conducted in-house or outsourced to a service provider that oversees other companies’ network and information system security. Functions of a managed security service include round-the-clock monitoring and management of intrusion detection systems and firewalls, overseeing patch management and upgrades, performing security assessments and security audits, and responding to emergencies. There are products available from a number of vendors to help organize and guide the procedures involved. This diverts the burden of performing the chores manually, which can be considerable, away from administrators.

Six examples of managed security services that ITSecurity.Org can offer

On-site consulting

This is customized assistance in the assessment of business risks, key business requirements for security and the development of security policies and processes. It may include comprehensive security architecture assessments and design (include technology, business risks, technical risks and procedures). Consulting may also include security product integration and On-site mitigation support after an intrusion has occurred, including emergency incident response and forensic analysis.

Perimeter Management

This service involves installing, upgrading, and managing the firewall, Virtual Private Network (VPN) and/or intrusion detection hardware and software, electronic mail, and commonly performing configuration changes on behalf of the customer. Management includes monitoring, maintaining the firewall’s traffic routing rules, and generating regular traffic and management reports to the customer.[1] Intrusion detection management, either at the network level or at the individual host level, involves providing intrusion alerts to a customer, keeping up to date with new defenses against intrusion, and regularly reporting on intrusion attempts and activity. Content filtering services may be provided by; such as, email filtering) and other data traffic filtering.

Managed Security Monitoring

This is the day-to-day monitoring and interpretation of important system events throughout the network—including unauthorized behavior, malicious hacks, denial of service (DoS), anomalies, and trend analysis. It is the first step in an incident response process.

Penetration Testing

This includes one-time or periodic software scans or ethical-hacking attempts in order to find vulnerabilities in a technical and logical perimeter. It generally does not assess security throughout the network, nor does it accurately reflect personnel-related exposures due to disgruntled employees, social engineering, etc.

The Penetration Testing Services Can Include Assessments For:

  • Application Vulnerabilities
  • Authentication Testing
  • Authorization Testing
  • Code Testing
  • Configuration Management Testing
  • Covert Traffic
  • Data Validation Testing
  • Denial of Service Testing
  • Encoders / Decoders
  • HTTP Traffic Monitoring
  • Information Gathering
  • Patch Currency
  • Session Management Testing
  • Web Services Testing
  • Web Testing and Frameworks

Vulnerability Assessments

Vulnerability Assessments differ from Penetration Tests in that  Vulnerability Assessments seek to provide a list of all or most vulnerabilities so that the client can begin to understand the exposure or risk that their network is presenting. Those vulnerabilities can then be prioritised in terms of remediation and fixes.

A Penetration Test is more goal-orientated and specific  ie an objective has been set. For example, a new web application might need assessing for vulnerabilities in terms of its code or how it presents over the Internet.

Needless to say, ITSecurity.Org can provide both services.

Compliance Monitoring

This includes monitoring event logs not for intrusions, but change management. This service will identify changes to a system that violate a formal security policy for example, if a rogue administrator grants himself or herself too much access to a system. In short, it measures compliance to a technical risk model.