Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Managed Security Services Providers features 17 MSSPs. Here’s a look at each cybersecurity company. Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for MSSPs for A company list of managed security services providers, strengths and weaknesses & partner. Our guide to the top managed security service providers (MSSPs), based on their ratings in analyst reports the Gartner Magic Quadrant and the IDC.

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Kavanagh, John Pescatore Document Type: Research Note Note Number: Three factors drove the North American managed security service provider market in 1H The majority of auadrant that outsource the monitoring and management of perimeter security will increase their security level at equal or reduced costs to internal efforts. Enterprises should focus internal security resources on internal security issues and architectures, and outsource repetitive, external-facing tasks to managed security service providers.

Although there were few major changes in market positions, managed security services MSSs continued to show steady growth in the first half of Three factors drove this growth:. There were no major mergers or acquisitions in the MSSP market during the first half of Monitoring capacity still exceeds near-term demand, and more consolidation will occur during In particular, system integrators and network service providers will acquire small and midsize MSSPs to gain security expertise and back-end monitoring capabilities.

Many midsize MSSPs will be amenable to this because the last round of acquisitions allowed larger players, such as Symantec and Msspss, to win competitions where size mattered. Many buying decisions were driven by positive msspa with the MSSP’s consulting services. This will continue msspe be a differentiator for successful MSSPs.

The next most important factor is the reporting and portal services provided by the MSSP. MSSP customers need to magc access to several levels of data and reports quavrant feel that they maintain control. Pricing remains a strong factor in procurement.

Vulnerability management services will be important new revenue sources for MSSPs. This includes automated vulnerability scanning over the Internet and from inside the enterprise firewallthreat information services and active firewall policy management. Patch management will not be a major outsourced service.

Magic Quadrant for Managed Security Services, Worldwide

Symantec faced strong competitive pressure from product-independent rivals. Symantec service levels remain high, and Symantec’s corporate financial strength and market visibility provide strong credentials. The channel conflicts of being a security product vendor and an independent managed service provider will continue to be a challenge for Symantec.


Guardent announced new services offering for vulnerability management and received high grades for service and support from Gartner clients. Guardent continues to grow the amount of devices it has under management in the United States, but it needs to increase its visibility in other regions.

However, many enterprises that have business with these companies include them on requests for proposal and often find that the path of least resistance is to add security monitoring and management to established contracts.

Science Applications International Corp. SAIC has grown the scope of its security services portfolio and its challenge is to give its managed security offering a distinctive place in security-related consulting, research and Information Sharing and Analysis Center ISAC offerings.

Equant expanded its managed security offerings and has a good reputation for service and support. Ubizen is a larger presence in European markets than in the United States. Ubizen announced that due diligence discussions in anticipation of a sale of the company ended without a sale.

It needs to demonstrate that it is viable financially over the long term. Counterpane also announced plans to expand its offerings to include security consulting services that will address its major deficiency. RedSiren made progress in the financial services and state government market.

As it moves away from the product reselling business, RedSiren needs to leverage its security research and training to raise its profile.

11 Top Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs)

NetSolve has not had a major market impact because of limited business development and marketing focus, and lack of a deep security consulting offering. With a new management team, and a renewed focus on managed security, more MSSP activity will occur from NetSolve, especially in the area of integrating security management with other network and infrastructure management services.

Internet Security Systems ISS has had success in managing installations of its Real Secure IDS product, but it will face challenges as its product mix shifts toward the firewall and intrusion prevention market. This will cause channel conflicts with Checkpoint and other firewall vendors, as well as reduce outsourcing demand driven by IDS performance. Sprint continues to offer managed security services, but does not appear to consider it a major area of business focus.


MCI must demonstrate that it can maintain a focus on managed security services as it works its way through financial difficulties. SecureWorks acquired TesserEye, a small service provider in Texas that is focused on the credit union and regional bank market.

Netsec brought in a new management team and has successfully expanded beyond its federal government base. It obtained additional penetration in large commercial accounts.

LURHQ has expanded beyond its regional base and opened a second operations center.

LURHQ’s focus on a customer information and control portal meets enterprise desires for more visibility and control. Solutionary built on its strong technology base by establishing sales channels and expanding beyond its regional base. VeriSign refocused on managed security services as a major business area, and has won several sizeable MSS deals. VeriSign can correlate some unique data feeds with MSSP data, such as domain name systems and payment fraud sources.

There are a number of entrants to the MSSP market for which Gartner has not received client feedback or that offer limited security offerings:. Key Issues How will the information security service market evolve?

2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Global MSSPs

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