Industry experts advise the best approach is to detect and protect. Therefore, offering advanced, next-generation security services is crucial for MSPs who want to gain a competitive advantage. Security monitoring is an important part of this and one of the first steps to becoming a managed security services provider (MSSP). However, this is only step one. To become a true MSSP, an MSP needs to go beyond a security information and event management (SIEM) tool with the build-out of a full-blown security operations center (SOC) and the appointment of in-house security experts—a complex decision not to be taken lightly. For most MSPs this is a costly and prohibitive journey. Where does this leave them? The answer lies in partnering.
Teaming up with an established MSSP that has an existing SOC, along with the required security expertise, is the way to go for MSPs starting out with advanced security services. Marco Muto, director of business development at SolarWinds MSP; and Nick Blozan, vice president of business development at Flexis, discussed the benefits of adding advanced threat monitoring and detection—without breaking the bank—in a recent webcast.
If you’ve got the basics covered like patching, antivirus, and backup, but want to offer your customers more protection and aren’t sure where to start—or can’t afford it—the SolarWinds Threat Monitoring Service Program could be a good start. The program offers MSPs the opportunity to partner with an approved partner (our threat monitoring service providers, or TMSPs), like Flexis, who offer SOC services while you, as an MSP, can focus on building relationships and winning new business.
Learn more about the program today.
Mia Thompson is product marketing manager, Mail Assure at SolarWinds MSP.