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2021 Holiday Security Guide

Ascend wants you to stay secure this holiday season. The end of the year brings with it a dramatic increase in cybersecurity events. So how do you handle these holiday hackers? Keep these tips in mind to stay secure in the New Year.

Posted on December 14, 2021

Cybersecurity in 2022 - Here’s What’s in Store

Smart company owners know that complacency presents a threat to your business in the best of times. But in our current climate, the velocity and unpredictability of those threats – and opportunities – has increased exponentially. That’s why staying on the cutting edge of cybersecurity has become imperative.  

Posted on December 01, 2021

Cloud Security: Equip Your Organization Against Cloud-Based Threats

Until early 2020, the oft-heard pushback from legacy security practitioners was that cloud computing could never be as secure as on-premise operations. With the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically and rapidly expanding work-from-home demands, many "cloud naysayers" were forced to adopt at least some elements of the cloud.

Posted on April 29, 2021

Alert: Malware Campaign Targeting US-Based Organizations

As a new wave of malware-focused phishing attacks gain popularity, our expert security engineers are on the frontlines. Here's what you need to know.

Posted on July 30, 2020

The Best Password Managers of 2020

With the notable increase of phishing and ransomware schemes making their way through everyone’s inboxes, there’s no better time to remind our readers of the importance of having a reliable password manager.

Posted on July 09, 2020

Traditional AV — Time to upgrade… or budget for your inevitable breach

Signature-based anti-virus (AV) is dead – and organizations are suffering the consequences.

Posted on June 16, 2020

Easy Cybersecurity Steps That Make a Big Impact

What cybersecurity protections do you need for your business?

Unfortunately, as the cyber risks to small and mid-sized organizations increase, it seems as though the expert recommendations are that you need all the cybersecurity protections you can get. While this is true in a sense, that doesn’t mean it has to be all or nothing.

Posted on June 03, 2020

The Non-Technical Guide to Cybersecurity for Your Organization

In the current threat landscape, organizations of all sizes are expected to get cybersecurity right—or face the consequences of not being protected.

But what is cybersecurity, and what does it involve? Is there a way to be 100% protected?

This guide will cover cybersecurity concepts at a basic level and explain how to apply them to your organization’s security needs.

Posted on May 14, 2020

Ultimate Cybersecurity Glossary: Basic Terms & Buzzwords Explained

Cybersecurity is complex — the vocabulary alone can be a barrier to many non-technical users just trying to understand what cybersecurity is and what it involves.

Posted on May 12, 2020

Password Security Tips During an Era Of Work From Home

At Ascend, our security engineers have truly seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of cybersecurity. From investigating breaches to setting up first-time security solutions for small businesses, they’ve found that a common vulnerability is something that not many people would suspect… and something for which there is no “silver bullet,” all-in-one solution to solve it. The reason is that it...

Posted on April 22, 2020

Scam Alert: Coupon Scams Target Users Spending More Time Online

Share link, get coupon? Not so fast.

Posted on April 20, 2020

Cyber Ranger's Handbook: Next Steps to Securing Your Home Base

There was a time, years ago, when I wasn’t just the highly capable security practitioner you see before you. I was also a Soldier. I wore a uniform for 22 years altogether, most of the time as an Infantryman in my state’s National Guard.

Posted on April 08, 2020

Cybersecurity Threats and Recommendations for Remote Workers

As the Coronavirus pandemic progresses, a rise in malicious activity has been detected leveraging new trends of threat vectors, including targeting of remote authentication systems and remote users.  Ascend Technologies is actively monitoring ongoing developments and taking precautions to minimize risk to our client environments as active business continuity plans are in effect.

Posted on April 05, 2020

The Ultimate Guide to Spear Phishing (& How to Fight Against It)

The first phishing attacks have been traced back to the mid 1990s with the rise of AOL. Hackers would get fake accounts and pose as AOL employees, instructing users to update their personal and billing data. The result? Stolen information.

Posted on March 31, 2020

Don’t Take the Bait: Phishing Attacks

Phishing is one of the most pervasive security threats today and it’s only getting worse

Over the last few years, phishing attacks have continued to rise as attackers refine strategies, execute successful programs, and make money. Attackers are taking advantage of end users to steal credentials or get them to click on malicious links. In fact, with 66% percent of malware now installed via...

Posted on March 11, 2020

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