Top 250 MSSPs 2020: List and Research Unveiled

MSSP Alert, ChannelE2E’s sister website, unveiled the Top 250 MSSPs for 2020 during a webcast today. The list and research identify and honor the top MSSPs, managed detection and response (MDR) and Security Operations Center as a Service (SOCaaS) providers worldwide.

The fourth-annual rankings are based on MSSP Alert’s 2020 readership survey combined with the digital media site’s global editorial coverage of managed security services providers.

During the webcast we covered:

  • The world’s top MSSPs based on our latest research
  • MSSP revenue, profit and talent trends
  • The hottest cybersecurity services culled from our data
  • Commoditized services that need to evolve
  • Answers to your live questions

Special thanks to MSSPs worldwide that participated in our readership survey, and congratulations to the Top 250 MSSP honorees for 2020.

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    Dustin Bolander:

    I’m surprised to see that some MSPs added an extra S and made it on the list. Our industry security overall is already poor enough, this isn’t going to help the reputation. When you have the same people doing helpdesk and security work, you’re still an MSP….

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hey Dustin: Don’t underestimate the MSPs.

    Dustin Bolander:

    I think the opposite is the problem, too many are overconfident, or just claiming anything to make a sale, and that is where we end up with the high risk and exposed industry we have today. We brought on a client from one of the big regional players last month, come to find out they use the same password across all their clients (and devices) since at least …2011. That same MSP is soliciting by bragging about how they’re a security shop. I got a call that another local MSP just got ransomed because of leaving RDP open to the internet. There are a lot of great MSSPs on the 250 list, but looking at a few and recognizing names, there are also a bunch of that are blatantly MSPs and I wouldn’t trust for security more than any other msp. The mssp label is going to get diluted soon, in the same way a lot of MSPs are not proactive at all. The cybercall had a great discussion Monday about the challenges of insuring our industry because of poor security, and we are getting ready to publish an interview series with a cyber underwriting group who basically won’t touch msps because of…poor security.

    We just had a big internal discussion that we’re specifically not an MSSP because of my previous comment about a security practice group, we’re an MSP with a heavy emphasis on security.

    That is my hot take for the day at least haha. As always, appreciate the coverage Joe.

    Joe Panettieri:

    Hey Dustin,

    Thanks for the deeper info. I agree there’s generally a clear line between MSPs and MSSPs. I believe all MSPs need to be in the security pool. But most will be in the shallow end (endpoint security, patching, monitoring, data protection), leaving MSSPs to patrol and assist in the deep end of the pool. Yes, there will be some pretenders in the pool.

    Thanks again for your note. Please keep me updated on your business milestones.


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