MSP vs MSSP: What’s The Difference?

MSPs refer to managed service providers, who offer a wide range of services to their clients. MSSPs, on the other hand, are managed security service providers, who focus exclusively on cybersecurity.

People often conceptualize MSPs as ‘jack of all trades’ providers, while MSSPs are seen as more specialized and focused. However, this is not always the case – there are many MSPs that offer robust cybersecurity services as well.

Still, there are some key differences between these two types of providers, and it’s worth understanding if you’re going to outsource your IT needs. Additionally, there’s confusion prevalent in how MSPs provide security that’s worth disentangling. We’ll cover both in this short, but informative article.

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To begin, the differences between MSPs and MSSPs are fairly straightforward. 

MSPs provide a general offering: managed IT services. This can include a wide range of offerings, such as remote monitoring and management, on-premises hardware management, backup and disaster recovery, and more. As generalists, MSPs typically have a wide range of skills and services to offer their clients.

MSSPs, on the other hand, provides a suite of security services. This can include everything from vulnerability scanning and intrusion detection/prevention to

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