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DEFINITION: An MSSP (managed security service provider) is an Internet service provider (ISP) that provides an organization with some amount of network security management, which may include virus blocking, spam blocking, intrusion detection, firewalls, and virtual private network (VPN) management. An MSSP can also handle system changes, modifications, and upgrades. MSSPs have evolved in various ways. Some traditional  … 
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CW Special report on Symantec
sponsored by ComputerWeekly.com
WHITE PAPER: This in-depth profile from Computer Weekly, updated for 2013, gives you the key facts on Symantec's products, financial performance and strategy.
Posted: 14 May 2013 | Published: 14 May 2013

ComputerWeekly.com

Strategies for Secure Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
sponsored by Citrix Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Learn how by integrating an extensive set of network and application-layer protection mechanisms, advanced access and action control capabilities, deep visibility, and other key capabilities can help you deliver the security and available you need to be successful with VDI.
Posted: 17 Oct 2013 | Published: 17 Oct 2013

Citrix Systems, Inc.

Security Intelligence – Is Security a Battle You Can Win
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper details the need for IT teams to discover the benefits of security intelligence (SI), and how it can simplify the complex security environment for better security analytics.
Posted: 14 Oct 2013 | Published: 30 Jun 2011

IBM

BYOD: Bring Your Own Device – or Bring Your Own Danger?
sponsored by WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This resource reveals the major issues plaguing BYOD – from data loss and viruses to policy enforcement and lack of IT insight – and outlines ten strategic points you should include in your BYOD planning process to ensure success.
Posted: 26 Aug 2013 | Published: 11 Jan 2013

WatchGuard Technologies, Inc.

How to Overcome Security Skills Deficiencies
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This Forrester Research report explores how security leaders are confronting the challenges in recruiting and retaining technical security architects, specialists and staff, paying special attention to how managed security services providers (MSSPs) are critical to staying one step ahead of the security curve. View now to learn more!
Posted: 26 Jul 2013 | Published: 31 May 2013

IBM

CA Technologies Strategy & Vision for Cloud Identity and Access Management
sponsored by CA Technologies.
WHITE PAPER: This resource details a cloud-based identity and access management (IAM) solution designed to secure access to cloud-based services and apps, simplify IAM both on-premises and in the cloud, and improve efficiency. View now to learn more!
Posted: 19 Jul 2013 | Published: 28 Feb 2013

CA Technologies.

The Financial Benefit of Cisco’s Elastic Core
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Explore how three Cisco software-based initiatives for the core network can help you address the challenges facing core networks today – including the increasing volumes of traffic, diversity of services, and adoption of cloud services.
Posted: 28 Jun 2013 | Published: 31 Dec 2012

Cisco Systems, Inc.

PassMark Success: Endpoint Protection
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Check out this video to find out more about a solution that has been given might marks by PassMark in terms of performance, and find out what it can do for your organization.
Posted: 10 Apr 2013 | Published: 10 Apr 2013

Symantec Corporation

The Urgent Need to rethink Security Using the Cloud
sponsored by Qualys
WHITE PAPER: This informative resource describes the many benefits that accompany the shift to a cloud-based security strategy. Discover how you can simplify, centralize, and enhance everything from endpoint security to compliance. Reduce web app vulnerabilities and manage threats with ease -- read on to learn more.
Posted: 18 Jan 2013 | Published: 28 Feb 2012

Qualys

Cloud-delivered Endpoint Security
sponsored by Webroot
WHITE PAPER: Learn why protecting your endpoints with cloud-based services can help you improve your level of protection to not only the devices but also the data they contain and the individuals that use them – all at a lower cost and with better manageability.
Posted: 05 Sep 2012 | Published: 30 Apr 2012

Webroot

HP Fortify on Demand - Enterprise Software Security in the Cloud
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: HP is changing the enterprise security landscape with its Security Intelligence and Risk Management Platform. By using advanced threat research and security events and vulnerabilities, they develop an unparalleled visibility. Access this informative white paper to learn more about security-as-a-service (SaaS) and how it can help your organization.
Posted: 24 Aug 2012 | Published: 31 May 2012

Hewlett-Packard Company

Cisco Cloud Security Accelerates Cloud Adoption
sponsored by Cisco Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Despite the business benefits the cloud has to offer, many organizations are often hesitant to adopt it because of one significant barrier – security. This paper explores some of the key security considerations of the cloud and how Cisco cloud security can help organizations take a strategic and architectural approach to secure cloud adoption.
Posted: 14 Jun 2012 | Published: 14 Jun 2012

Cisco Systems, Inc.

How Midsize Banks Can Overcome Escalating Security Threats
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Like any business, midsize banks face increasing security challenges ranging from threats, compliance, changing business models and more. But what’s even more challenging is that they must address them with limited resources and expertise. In this paper, explore how to tackle security issues with a holistic, integrated approach.
Posted: 26 Apr 2012 | Published: 01 Jul 2011

IBM

How much security do you really need?
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Deciding exactly how much to invest in security can be challenging for any business. Too great an investment can waste resources, too little can jeopardize the business. In this resource, explore the top security concerns for midsize organizations and how to determine a security approach that is both practical and effective.
Posted: 26 Apr 2012 | Published: 02 May 2011

IBM

Leveraging Cloud Security to Weather Threatening Storms: How to Defend Your Perimeter from Today's Outsized Threats
sponsored by Akamai Technologies
WHITE PAPER: With rapid growth and complexity of today’s threats, traditional perimeter defenses are no longer enough to keep pace. This resource explores the current threat environment and how leveraging cloud-based security services can be a proactive and effective means to protecting against ever-evolving, modern day threats.
Posted: 04 Apr 2012 | Published: 04 Apr 2012

Akamai Technologies

451 Group Research Report: Intel-McAfee links up identity-in-the-cloud SSO with salesforce.com
sponsored by Intel
WHITE PAPER: Industry analyst Steve Coplan of The 451 Group takes a close look at the recent beta release of Intel Cloud SSO and places it in the context of the rapidly evolving cloud service broker market for mediating user ids and application APIs for cloud access. View now to learn more.
Posted: 02 Apr 2012 | Published: 02 Mar 2012

Intel

The State of Cloud-Based Security: Taking a Cloud-Based Approach to Security Can Improve Protection and Lower Costs
sponsored by Webroot Software Pty Ltd
WHITE PAPER: Traditional endpoint solutions are becoming less effective as the threat environment increasingly grows more complex. However, cloud-based security may be the answer, offering an opportunity for improved security, while saving costs. View this paper to explore the current state of cloud-based security, advantages of cloud-based security, and more.
Posted: 12 Mar 2012 | Published: 12 Mar 2012

Webroot Software Pty Ltd

Staying Ahead of Cyberthreats: Recommendations for Financial Institutions
sponsored by Dell SecureWorks
WHITE PAPER: Today’s investment firms and banks continue to struggle with the growing number of security and regulatory challenges they face. This paper explores the serious threats that financial institutions face and what they can do to address them.
Posted: 02 Mar 2012 | Published: 02 Mar 2012

Dell SecureWorks

Making Office 365 More Secure and Compliant
sponsored by Proofpoint, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Microsoft has done a good job at developing a robust and scalable platform in Office 365, but there are some organizations that will need compliance and security capabilities not natively available. View this paper to explore what Office 365 will and will not do and where supplemental offerings from third party vendors will prove to be beneficial.
Posted: 19 Dec 2011 | Published: 19 Dec 2011

Proofpoint, Inc.

Simplify Your Relationship with Endpoint Security
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: View this paper to explore the key reasons why managing endpoint security is complex, why a hosted endpoint solution can ease this complexity, to uncover Symantec Endpoint Protection.cloud and more.
Posted: 07 Dec 2011 | Published: 07 Dec 2011

Symantec Corporation

Endpoint Protection Performance Benchmarks
sponsored by GFI Software
WHITE PAPER: View this endpoint protection performance benchmark report to explore the impact of GFI Software on system performance for its end users based on a set of objective metrics including: installation time, boot time, average CPU usage, memory usage and more.
Posted: 21 Nov 2011 | Published: 21 Nov 2011

GFI Software

A pragmatic approach to security - How to stay secure in 2012
sponsored by Dell SecureWorks
WHITE PAPER: While it can be tempting to simply buy new security technologies to solve your problems, they are unlikely to help if the basics of an effective security practice are not in place. In this white paper, discover how your organisation can apply pragmatism to IT security and do more with what you already have.
Posted: 18 Nov 2011 | Published: 18 Nov 2011

Dell SecureWorks

The Business Case for Managed DDos Protection
sponsored by Neustar®
WHITE PAPER: This whitepaper provides a snapshot of the evolving DDoS threat, provides guidance on what to look for in a managed DDoS solution and presents a financial cash-flow analysis scenario of an investment in a managed DDoS protection service.
Posted: 18 Nov 2011 | Published: 17 Nov 2011

Neustar®

Are You Securely Delivering Enterprise Data and Services?
sponsored by Webroot
WHITE PAPER: Cloud-adoption solutions to prevent  from violating corporate policy. Companies carefully craft security policies to protect sensitive enterprise data, intellectual property and financial information.
Posted: 10 Nov 2011 | Published: 10 Nov 2011

Webroot

Security-In-Depth Using Integrated Risk-Conscious Controls
sponsored by Tripwire, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Most organizations seem stuck in the traditional castle-and-moat approach to security. This approach assumes there's a clear boundary between what's inside and outside the organization and that attacks come from external sources. Clearly today's threat environment requires a new approach.
Posted: 09 Nov 2011 | Published: 09 Nov 2011

Tripwire, Inc.
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MANAGED SECURITY SERVICES DEFINITION (continued): … An MSSP (managed security service provider) is an Internet service provider (ISP) that provides an organization with some amount of network security management, which may include virus blocking, spam blocking, intrusion detection, firewalls, and virtual private network (VPN) management. An MSSP can also handle system changes, modifications, and upgrades. MSSPs have evolved in various ways. Some traditional ISPs, noting the increasing demand for Internet security that has occurred in recent years, have added managed security to their repertoires. A few security vendors have added Internet access, thus becoming MSSPs. Still other MSSPs have come into existence as brand new entities.An MSSP offers cost savings by allowing an organization to outsource its security functions. But some organizations are reluctant to give up complete control over the security of their systems. In addition, there may be considerable variability in competence among MSSPs.
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