News / Introducing the Buyers’ Guide to Managed Security

Buyers of managed security services are faced with global and local companies offering a massive range of capabilities, often with conflicting terminology and claims.

That’s why Reliance ACSN was asked to contribute to the Managed Security Forum “Buyers’ Guide to Managed Security”. The report sets out to map services into basic, core, advanced and complementary, and offer advice on what to look for from providers. It shows what is being commoditised and where talent is most valued, allowing CISOs and business owners to work out what they should deliver in-house and where it makes sense to bring in an outside expert.

The report also includes a “Vendor Landscape” outlining the differing focus and strengths of the UK’s leading Managed Security Providers, from telcos and defence companies to regional champions and specialist providers.
The data used in the report came from detailed submissions from MSF members representing the UK’s main Managed Security Providers, anonymised to allow for greater honesty. This included recognition that Artificial Intelligence and Data Science will change the industry dramatically, but that how and when remains to be seen.
Other findings from the report include:

• Talent remains the top priority for 21% of MSPs, followed by Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and Artificial Intelligence (11% each)

• Security architects are the hardest roles to fill for 28% of companies, followed by threat intel specialists (22%), threat hunters and senior analysts (16% each)

• Just 30% of MSPs are investing in an internal Data Science function
Managed security is evolving to become a crucial part of corporate architecture and national defence.

This report lays out the capabilities available for buyers of managed security, as well as the challenges faced by providers trying to keep up. It is compelling reading for CISOs and providers alike.

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