MSS, MDR, SOCaaS: The differences in security services and how to choose
There’s always been a long list of acronyms for all the tools and technologies used in the security industry, but the catalog just keeps getting longer with the latest point of confusion being the sprawling abbreviations used to describe security services. Take for example:
- Managed Security Services (MSS)
- Managed Detection & Response (MDR) services
- Security Operations Centers as a Service (SOCaaS)
When most companies today need the help of at least one managed security services provider, IT leaders must understand the difference between these services and more importantly, how to choose what’s best for them. Here are some quick definitions and tips to help compare and contrast security services.
MSS vs. MDR services
MSS Explained: MSS is likely the most familiar abbreviation; it’s been around for a while. As a general term, it describes a managed service provider that specializes in a broad set of security services. Traditional services that fall under an MSS include technology management and security threat monitoring. These services are perfect for those with internal security operations teams that need help managing tasks across multiple security technologies.
But as security has evolved, so too have the services. As such, providers needed a way to evolve their offerings with updated acronyms.