RSAC Fireside Chat: Here’s why companies are increasingly turning to MSSPs for deeper help

By Byron V. Acohido

Managed Security Service Providers, MSSPs, have been around for some time now as a resource to help companies operate more securely.

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Demand for richer MSSP services was already growing at a rapid pace, as digital transformation gained traction – and then spiked in the aftermath of Covid 19. By one estimate, companies are on track to spend $77 billion on MSSP services by 2030, up from $22 billion in 2020.

At RSA Conference 2023 , which gets underway next week at San Francisco’s Moscone Center, I expect that there’ll be buzz aplenty about the much larger role MSSPs seem destined to play.

I had the chance to visit with Geoff Haydon, CEO of Ontinue, a Zurich-based supplier of a managed extended detection and response (MXDR) service. We discussed the drivers supporting the burgeoning MSSP market, as well as where innovation could take this trend.

Guest expert: Geoff Haydon, CEO, Ontinue

For its part, Ontinue is leveraging Microsoft collaboration and security tools and making dedicated cyber advisors available to partner with its clients. “Microsoft has emerged as the largest, most important cybersecurity company on the planet,” Haydon told me. “And they’re also developing business applications that are very conducive to delivering and enriching a cyber security program.”e

I covered Microsoft as a USA TODAY technology reporter when Bill Gates suddenly ‘got’ cybersecurity, so this part of our discussion was especially fascinating. For a drill down, please give the accompanying podcast a listen. Meanwhile, I’ll keep watch and keep reporting.


Pulitzer Prize-winning business journalist Byron V. Acohido is dedicated to fostering public awareness about how to make the Internet as private and secure as it ought to be.

(LW provides consulting services to the vendors we cover.)


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