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Managed Service Provider versus Cyber Security Partner

When it comes to protecting your business from cyber threats, you may be considering hiring a managed services provider (MSP) or a cyber security partner.

But while these terms are often used interchangeably, there are some key differences between the two.

A managed services provider is a company that provides a range of IT services to businesses, including support, maintenance, and management of IT systems. MSPs often offer these services on a subscription basis, and their primary focus is on keeping the IT systems of their clients running smoothly.

On the other hand, a cyber security partner is a company that specialises in helping businesses protect themselves from cyber threats.

This can include services such as security audits, stress testing systems (ethical hacking), incident response planning, and training for employees on how to recognise and prevent cyber threats.

A cyber security partner's primary focus is helping businesses prevent and respond to cyber-attacks.

Here are some examples of how the roles of an MSP and a cybersecurity partner differ:

  • MSPs typically provide ongoing support and maintenance for IT systems, while cyber security partners focus on preventing and responding to cyber-attacks.

  • MSPs may offer a range of IT services, such as cloud management and data backup, while cyber security partners specialise in cyber security services.

  • MSPs may be more reactive, responding to issues as they arise, while cyber security partners are proactive in helping businesses prevent and prepare for potential threats.

It's worth noting that some companies, such as IT Basecamp, offer both MSP and cyber security services, so it's possible to find a provider that can meet all of your needs.

By understanding the differences between the two, you can avoid assumptions that could cause gaps in your defences and make more informed decisions about which provider(s) is best suited to your needs.

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