MSSPs vs MSPs: How to Choose the Right IT Service Provider

By Steven Freidkin | October 6, 2021
Steven Freidkin is the founder and CEO of Ntiva, Inc., a Managed IT Services company that provides a full suite of technology services to businesses across the U.S., including IT consulting, cybersecurity services, cloud hosting and more.

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Many businesses lack the in-house capabilities to maintain complex IT systems and data security compliance standards, and the costs of setting up and running these functions are prohibitively expensive for all but the largest of companies.

For most organizations, the simplest and most cost-effective way to manage this is to outsource it to third-party specialists, namely managed service providers (MSPs) or managed security service providers (MSSPs). However, business decision-makers can often confuse business decision-makers as to the differences between an MSP and MSSP, and which is the best choice for their needs. While the definition of an MSP is relatively well understood, it can be a bit confusing as to what (or who) an MSSP actually is and does.


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