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Safeguarding Your Business Against AI Cybersecurity Threats

As AI continues to evolve, it brings unparalleled benefits to society and the business world. However, in an article by OpenAI, they shed light on a darker aspect of AI's evolution — its potential misuse by state-affiliated threat actors.

According to a report by Forrester Research, 8 out of 10 cyber decision-makers expect AI to increase the scale and speed of attacks. As a Technology Solutions...

Posted on March 26, 2024

Case Study: Empowering a Health Clinic with IT Services

Ascend Technologies is more than just an IT solutions provider; we're dedicated partners committed to our clients' success. Recently, we had the privilege to significantly improve the IT infrastructure of a struggling health clinic, showcasing our commitment to making a meaningful impact.

Posted on March 13, 2024

Defending Against Advanced Cyberattacks: 3 Essential Security Solutions

At the start of the year, Microsoft detected a nation-state cyberattack on its corporate systems, highlighting the widespread impact and seriousness of these threats. After defeating the threat, Microsoft shared a blog post detailing the incident as a case study resource for the cybersecurity community.

Let's dive into what an advanced cyberattack looks like and the security solutions that will...

Posted on February 27, 2024

Microsoft Azure Cloud Cost Optimization: 7 Common Cost Drivers

Navigating cloud expenses is a critical challenge for many organizations leveraging Microsoft Azure. While Azure offers a wide range of powerful features and capabilities, managing these resources efficiently is key to avoiding spiraling costs.

You can master your Azure spending, but before we dive into the solution, let's understand why it's important and how to identify the issue.

Posted on February 06, 2024

Understanding Cybersecurity: A Real-World Cybersecurity Incident Analysis

Real incidents provide the hardest and most valuable lessons. Imagine a regular workday transformed instantly into a battleground against invisible digital adversaries. This isn't a scene from a spy thriller; it's a real-life scenario that unfolded within a corporate network, leading to a security breach. The incident in question didn't just expose vulnerabilities; it provided a blueprint for...

Posted on February 01, 2024

Change Your Password: The Secret to Making it Strong & Memorable

The strength of your password is often the first line of defense against cyber threats (and MFA should be the second, but more on that another time). As we continue to enhance our security measures, all of us must understand the importance of creating strong passwords.

The concept might seem complex, but it's quite simple when broken down. Let's look at how you can create a secure password...

Posted on January 22, 2024

Cybersecurity Awareness Month Recap

As October draws to a close, we wrap up another insightful and educational Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Throughout the month, we highlighted four essential tips that form the foundation of a robust cybersecurity strategy. Let's recap the key takeaways from this important campaign.

Let's start with a look back at our recent "Trick-or-Threat? Cybersecurity Awareness Webinar," held at the end of...

Posted on November 02, 2023

Unlocking Peace of Mind with Cloud Backups

In the digital world, data loss is a constant threat that businesses must navigate. The repercussions, whether financial or operational, divert your attention from core business tasks. While data loss has various causes—hardware glitches, software malfunctions, or natural disasters—a significant share stems from human error, the simplest of mistakes with far-reaching implications.

This is where a...

Posted on September 11, 2023

Four Ways Disaster Fuels Cyberattacks

We often find ourselves faced with natural disasters such as a hurricane or raging wildfires. But did you ever stop to think about how these events might affect your organization's cybersecurity? Unfortunately, these unexpected catastrophes often create chances for cyberattacks. When you understand how this happens, you can keep your business protected ahead of time.

Posted on September 05, 2023

Everything You Need to Know About Incident Response Plans

Security platforms often focus on protecting organizations from the threats of cyberspace. These threats include phishing campaigns, malware, network infiltration, and ransomware deployments. Organizations must create an Incident Response Plan (IRP) to manage their response and recovery from security incidents. This plan must be strong and comprehensive.

Your IRP isn’t a stand-alone document....

Posted on April 28, 2023

6 Critical Information Security Elements for Community Banks

An information security policy is a set of rules that ensures data security by regulating domain and network usage. This policy should protect not only the organization's data but the customers’ data as well. In this article, we’ll outline critical elements that a community bank needs to consider when planning its information security policy.

Posted on March 24, 2023

In-House, Outsourced, and Hybrid IT Solutions

When evaluating IT responsibilities for in-house and outsourced IT functions, there are benefits to both scenarios, and the right decision will be unique to each organization. The main benefit of having internal IT services is that your own employees understand and support the unique IT needs of your organization. One of the many benefits of outsourcing IT services is that you can leverage...

Posted on January 24, 2023

Quick Guide to Tax and Unemployment Fraud

Data breaches and subsequent identity theft are unfortunate but common occurrences today and have only increased since the onset of the pandemic.

Posted on December 22, 2022

What is Zero Trust? Tips for the Average Organization

Is the network perimeter dead, or just distributed?

In the earliest days of digital networking, organizations used firewalls as a boundary wall between an organization and the outside risks posed by the internet. It was a security framework that worked well at first — so well, in fact, that the perimeter-first ideology has persisted even to this day, despite the evidence that this approach is no...

Posted on September 30, 2022

Your Role in Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is complex and constantly changing, so as the threats continue to rise, you may wonder, "whose responsibility is cybersecurity?"

Posted on September 27, 2022

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