Organizations have traditionally turned to managed services for assistance in making technology investments, and achieving greater operational efficiencies. Recently, managed service providers (MSPs) have been primarily focused on helping their clients navigate the IT and business transformation brought about by the potential of cloud infrastructures, SaaS solutions and mobile devices. Now organizations have another key imperative – security. This blog will take a deeper dive into the benefits of managed services in cybersecurity.

The news keeps us aware of the growing scale, sophistication and costs of security threats. The 2016 IBM Cost of the Data Breach Study reveals that the average consolidated total cost of each data breach is $3.8 million representing a 23% increase since 2013. The consistency of threat reports highlights the daily challenge that security teams of organizations large and small have in playing defense. Given the growing demand, security knowledge and competencies are in short supply, and many organizations will not be able to source or maintain the necessary skills in-house. Recognition of limitations in internal operations will encourage organizations to augment them with external support.

MSPs should be able to share their awareness of the threat landscape and achieve visibility into your current security posture. This requires a robust security intelligence solution that supports the collection of various data sources to inform the client of its threat surface area, as well as appling advanced analytics to prevent of detect malicious cyber activity.

An MSP offering a cybersecutiy solution will relate raw activity to suspicious or known malicious behaviors. This generally means that the solution has to provide a rich portfolio of security content that is continuously updated while also minimizing the in-house skills required to customize the content. The right MSP will not only provide expertise in secure operations but also deliver offerings with integrated security. Look for an MSP that can act as a hub of security expertise – a differentiator which you can build sustainable partnership with.

Additionally, the security intelligence solution must be cloud enabled. Cloud enablement includes operating the security intelligence solution from a cloud infrastructure or employing a SaaS solution as well as being able to support monitoring of cloud assets – apps, services and infrastructure. Working with the right MSP provides access to a robust community. A security intelligence solution backed by a community that enables collaboration around not just threat indicators but also best practices and applications will bolster an your ability to stay abreast of the threats.

According to IDC, enterprises often want to procure managed services as a single hybrid engagement. But at the same time they want to be able to design and build management services for their entire enterprise IT infrastructure. It’s best to look for a vendor who can enable a fully integrated and managed IT infrastructure, designed to anticipate problems and keep business running strong with application visibility while integrating and managing across heterogeneous platforms.

Utilize an MSP will greatly improve the access your organization has to cybersecurity capabilities. You will remove limitations on knowledge transfer and enhance the value you derive from secure operations.

Schedule a consultation to learn more about cybersecurity managed services from Flagship Solutions Group.

If you liked this blog, you might also like: Changing Business, Changing IT, Changing Sources

logo-ibmStay connected online:

Facebook | Twitter | LinkedIn | Instagram

Managed Services

Flagship Solutions Group can deliver efficiencies across hybrid infrastructures with a broad range of capabilities. We offer clients theflexibility to select the degree of support they want for each layer of infrastructure — from basic monitoring and management to long-term arrangements based on an innovation path designed to replace an aging or inflexible infrastructure with new technology.

Video: The Right Team to Manage Your IT – 561-208-3941

Infographic: DIY vs MSP

What should you do to keep your IT house in order? While DIY could save more in upfront costs, it can also be a complex and drawn-out process that yields long-term operating expenses. The same principle applies to IT infrastructure improvements, software utilization, and data center management. Here’s a comparison between doing it yourself (DIY) and hiring a Managed Service Provider (MSP) to take on the task for you.

eBook: Top 10 tips for selecting a managed services provider

Everyone’s looking to IT to create business value and innovation. But you’re short on resources. How do you pull that off? A cloud and managed services provider can help.The right vendor should show you that it can provide skills, processes and resources that exceed your in-house capabilities. Does it have what it takes to help your business transform?To find the answer, look for 10 key criteria.

White Paper: Using Managed Services to Transform Your Business

Utilizing a managed services provider can help you transform your business by saving you money, keeping you ahead of technology issues and making your employees more productive. Learn more.

Infographic: Choosing the right managed services provider for your IT infrastructure

The pressure’s on. Everyone’s looking to IT to create business value and innovation. But running IT is no easy task these days. A managed services provider can help. 

Transforming Your Business to Hybrid IT with Managed Services

David Tapper, VP Outsourcing and Offshore Services, IDC, discusses how enterprise can ensure a smooth transformation to the hybrid IT environment using managed services. To learn more about how you can effectively transition to utilizing emerging and disruptive technology and services, download the IDC white paper “Managed Services: Ensuring Enterprise Transformation to Hybrid IT” at

Research Report: Optimized Sourcing in Hybrid IT Environments

Smart companies today are rethinking how they source and manage increasingly hybridized IT environments. In this research report, Saugatuck Technology draws on work they’ve done with hundreds of organizations to help you understand:  How and why hybrid IT is developing and acceleratingHow to recognize and anticipate critical needs that can increase costs and compromise operationsHow to find the best qualified providers to help you “optimize by outsourcing”

Navigating your Digital Transformation with IBM Integrated Managed Infrastructure Services

To accelerate digital transformation, many companies are adopting new technologies like cloud and mobile, which result in a hybrid, enterprise IT infrastructure.



Admin Label


The Role of Managed Services in Cybersecurity – Flagship Solutions Group