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SolarWinds Breach Updates | Ascend Technologies

As news of the SolarWinds Orion security breach continues to develop, the Ascend Technologies security team is closely monitoring updates and evaluating the impact on organizations like yours. This feed will be updated frequently with breaking news and expert insights directly from our Security Operations Centers (SOCs).

Posted on December 13, 2020

Stick ‘Em Up: How Ransomware Can Hold Your Business Hostage

One of the most widespread and damaging security threats to businesses today continues to be ransomware. Ransomware is a form of malicious software (or malware) that encrypts files on a computer, file share, and/or server so they become unusable. The attackers then extort money from the business to unlock the files. Depending on the business, the ransom can range from thousands to hundreds of...

Posted on May 16, 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

Complying with the SHIELD Act: Cybersecurity Requirements for Businesses

New York's SHIELD Act applies to businesses nationwide, with compliance required for anyone who does business with or holds personally identifiable information (PII) of New York residents. The following are key takeaways regarding SHIELD Act compliance.

 

Posted on January 30, 2020

MSP vs MSSP and the Changing Role of IT Security

Security of connected devices has been the driving motivation for digital trends in the 21st century. As people, companies, communities and even nations seek greater security, the need for strong cybersecurity is critical to success and stability for both professional and personal lives.

Today, businesses of all types are pressured to provide continuous business functionality while also...

Posted on January 22, 2020

Cyber-Warfare May Be On The Horizon — What It Means for the U.S.

According to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warning issued January 4, 2020, the government is preparing for the potential of Iran-sponsored cyberattacks following the January 3rd airstrike which killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani.

Posted on January 10, 2020

The 20 Guest Blog: Creating an Advanced Cybersecurity Package for MSP Clients

Security services are a great way to protect MSP clients, but should they be optional?

 

Posted on January 03, 2020

MSP Insights Guest Blog: The MSP Game Plan to Selling Managed Security

Every business needs cybersecurity, right? The bad guys are out there and have shelved their shotguns for computer code. Then why is it so difficult for MSPs to sell cybersecurity?

The most common approach I hear to selling MSS is educating customers and that is important, but you will struggle to sell MSS by just educating customers and not also holding them accountable. 

Posted on July 25, 2019

Key Cybersecurity Stats for MSPs

Cybersecurity has become a hot topic for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and their small business clients. It has become clear that MSPs who don't provide cybersecurity to their clients are falling behind, but the quality of the cybersecurity offerings is also a key factor. 

Posted on June 03, 2019

MSP Insights Guest Blog: How To Price and Package MSP Security Services

As an operationally mature MSP, you should be pricing your basic support services on a per-seat basis to help your clients and prospects understand what you bring to the table in a transparent pricing model. Security Services should be no different.

Posted on May 15, 2019

MSP Insights Guest Blog: From MSP to MSSP - Expectations VS Reality

Are you struggling as an MSP owner to deliver security services to your clients?

As an MSP owner, you have three options: Build, Buy, or Partner. How do you determine your next step?

Posted on March 12, 2019

MSP vs Hacker: Penetration Test Demo

We all know that security is hard… for an MSP, it’s even more difficult.

In addition to balancing the everyday security risks that every business faces, MSP’s also have to focus on their customers’ networks. A lot of times, the security of customer networks take precedence for service providers... and in-house security falls short.

Posted on October 03, 2018

Vulnerability Management: Don’t Be That Guy

Ignore security at your own and your customers’ peril.

Recently there was a post on r/sysadmin from a network administrator who had a client system hacked because he left their iLO card facing the internet… 

Posted on July 27, 2018

WHITEBOARD WEDNESDAY: MSP vs MSSP

It seems like there’s always a new buzzword or acronym emerging in the IT and Cybersecurity industries. It can be tough to keep up on what they are and what they mean. The differences between a Managed Services Provider (MSP) and a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) are sometimes difficult to decipher.

Posted on August 09, 2017

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