Ascent Solutions Recognized as Finalist for Multiple Microsoft Security 20/20 Partner Awards

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, UNITED STATES, 2021 Ascent Solutions LLC today announced it has been named a global finalist for two Microsoft Security 20/20 awards: Microsoft Security System Integrator of the Year and Microsoft Azure Security Deployment Partner of the Year. The company was honored among a global field of industry leaders for demonstrating excellence in innovation, integration, and customer implementation with Microsoft technology.

“Microsoft’s Partner Program has nearly 450,000 firms in its global network. For Ascent’s cybersecurity acumen to be recognized as best in class is truly humbling,” said JD Harris, CEO of Ascent Solutions. “We are beyond proud of the modern security solutions we have been able to deliver using Microsoft’s industry-leading technology. The unification of our security consulting prowess together with the Microsoft toolset has enabled us to meet our goal of consistently overdelivering for clients. Over the last 8 years, our working relationship has built tremendous momentum. I have no doubt that Ascent and Microsoft are only beginning to see what we are capable of accomplishing together.”

The second annual Microsoft Security 20/20 awards to be held May 12, 2021, will celebrate finalists in 18 categories spanning security, compliance, and identity. 

 “The pandemic has forever changed our perspective on the world, the role of technology, and how we work, learn, and live,” said Rani Lofstrom, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft Global Security Partnerships. “In recognition of our new reality, the theme for the Microsoft Security 20/20 Awards this year is ‘Perspective—Through the Looking Glass.’ The awards ceremony this year will honor our security partners who have gone above and beyond during an unprecedented time of change to support, secure, and protect remote workers everywhere.” 

This year, the industry veterans in the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association (MISA) will vote to select the winners of the Microsoft Security 20/20 awards. MISA was established to further the security ecosystem, fostering an environment where solution providers can collaborate to create a future that’s safer for both people and organizations. This year’s awards provide an opportunity for colleagues to honor their peers for delivering exceptional work to our shared customers. 

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Ascent Solutions Enables Organizations to Rapidly Realize the Power of Microsoft Azure Sentinel and Active Defense

Ascent Solutions LLC today announced it is working with Microsoft to help organizations solve their security operation challenges with Microsoft Azure Sentinel. As a global security partner, Ascent Solutions offers consulting services to help organizations experience Azure Sentinel and how it will rapidly arm their security operations teams to the fight against the enemy and actively defend their environment.

With the Azure Sentinel POC Service Offering, organizations can quickly experience how Microsoft and Azure Sentinel can transform their security strategy to defend against threats. Organizations are able to quickly implement Azure Sentinel within their environment and get hands on with all of Azure Sentinel’s SIEM and SOAR capabilities such as custom alerting, automation, and threat hunting. The offering also provides advisory services to help organizations refine and optimize their security monitoring and incident response processes. With a team of former military cybersecurity warriors, Ascent combines military tactics, techniques, and procedures to enhance security operations teams ability to detect, investigate, and respond to cyber threats.

The Azure Sentinel POC Service Offering provides the following key benefits:

  • Accelerated Deployment and Integration – Rapidly deploy Azure Sentinel and integrate Microsoft and 3rd party data sources for data collection.
  • Automation – Get firsthand experience on how Azure Sentinel automation reduces alert fatigue and focuses security analysts on the real threats.
  • Enhanced Operations – Experience the combination of Azure Sentinel threat hunting capabilities with military tactics to significantly strengthen organization’s security posture with improved security operations and processes.

“As a leader in Cybersecurity, Ascent Solutions understands the threats and challenges that all companies face in today’s modern world. The Microsoft Azure Sentinel POC Service Offering is specifically designed to help companies by implementing this revolutionary SIEM and SOAR solution from an industry leader, Microsoft. Ascent’s collaboration with Microsoft and commitment to the business community is what makes this such a great opportunity to help organization transform how they do security,” said Howard Friedman, Vice President, Strategic Alliances, Ascent Solutions.

Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Cybersecurity Security Solutions Group, Microsoft Corp. said, “Microsoft is making the promise of AI and automation in security a reality with unique innovations like Microsoft Azure Sentinel. Together with Ascent Solutions, we help empower today’s security teams to stay ahead of the threats that worry them most; insider risk, attacks targeting endpoints and data loss.”

About Ascent Solutions

Ascent Solutions LLC is a leading professional services firm that empowers businesses through a better use of technology. Across four service lines comprised of Cybersecurity, Productivity, Innovation and Managed Services, Ascent delivers comprehensive and innovative solutions to solve organizations’ most complex and challenging problems. As a strategic partner, Ascent works to develop, implement and integrate new technologies with cybersecurity woven throughout the process.

In an era of ever-escalating security threats and updates, cybersecurity must continue to be at the forefront of business and enterprise operations. Ascent Solutions is consistently recognized as a leader in the field, ensuring security and peace of mind for their clients.

Media Contacts: Cassi Grandner, Ascent Solutions, Cassi.Grandner@MeetAscent.com

Ascent Solutions Selected as a Finalist for 2020 BOLD Awards

Ascent Solutions today announced it has been named a finalist in the Eighth Annual BOLD Awards, presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth® (ACG.) The BOLD Awards honor and recognize the innovative and inspirational organizations that make Minnesota great. The program celebrates the corporate leaders and teams that are behind successful mergers and acquisitions, financing and extraordinary strategies that led to sustainability, remarkable performance and/or accelerated growth.

Corporate leaders and teams representing the finalists as well as other nominees from a group of about 100 stellar organizations, will be attending the BOLD Awards on Tuesday, February 25, starting at 6:00 pm at the Metropolitan Club & Ballroom in Minneapolis. This event is a vivid, high-energy BOLD celebration of the businesses that grow Minnesota! The finalist will be showcased for their efforts and successes. The BOLD winners of each category will be announced during the program later in the evening. With the BOLD-est of the BOLD Winner being chosen via a real-time, live audience vote.

About ACG (Association for Corporate Growth)

Founded in 1954, ACG has 57 chapters across the globe. The network consists of over 90,000 professionals. ACG Minnesota’s chapter began in 1966 and has nearly 500 members active in Minnesota’s vibrant, business community. ACG’s mission is to drive middle-market growth. www.acg.org/minnesota 

About Ascent Solutions

Ascent Solutions LLC is a leading professional services firm that empowers businesses through a better use of technology. Across four service lines comprised of Cybersecurity, Productivity, Innovation and Managed Services, Ascent delivers comprehensive and innovative solutions to solve organizations’ most complex and challenging problems.

As a strategic partner, Ascent works to develop, implement and integrate new technologies with cybersecurity woven throughout the process. In an era of ever-escalating security threats and updates, cybersecurity must continue to be at the forefront of business and enterprise operations. Ascent Solutions is consistently recognized as a leader in the field, ensuring security and peace of mind for their clients.

Media Contact: Cassi Grandner, Ascent Solutions, cassi.grandner@meetascent.com

Ascent Solutions Recognized as a Microsoft Security 20/20 Partner Awards Finalist for Azure Security Deployment Partner of the Year

Ascent Solutions today announced it has been named a finalist in the Microsoft Security 20/20 Azure Security Deployment Partner of the Year award. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation, integration, and customer implementation with Microsoft technology.

“Cybersecurity is the backbone of everything we do, so it’s an honor to be nominated alongside other global leaders in this area,” said JD Harris, CEO of Ascent Solutions. “We look forward to continuing the pursuit of excellence in the realm of Microsoft Security as we employ the highest standard of cybersecurity to safeguard our clients’ businesses.”

“Microsoft Security 20/20 was created to recognize key Microsoft partners like Ascent Solutions that are inspiring the vision for the future of cybersecurity,” said Mandana Javaheri, Global Director, Cybersecurity Solutions Group, Microsoft. “Our vision of the future will absolutely continue to leverage our partners’ unique expertise in order to offer comprehensive protection to our customers.”

At the inaugural Microsoft Security 20/20 partner awards, we will celebrate finalists in 16 categories that span security integration partners, system integrators and managed security service providers. Ascent Solutions has been nominated as a finalist for Azure Security Deployment of the Year.

“The themes for the new Microsoft Security 20/20 partner awards are vision and clarity. Microsoft Security is focused on protecting our customers and there is no vision for the future that doesn’t involve security partners,” said Rob Lefferts, CVP, Microsoft Threat Protection. “We are hosting the first Microsoft Security 20/20 partner awards gala to honor security partners that are making an impact through technology development and customer enablement.”

Only through collaborations can organizations help customers get clarity and become more secure. The security ecosystem must work together to create a vision for the future where people, information, and companies are made safer. Microsoft Security 20/20 provides an opportunity to honor Microsoft partners that have developed and delivered exceptional Microsoft-based solutions and services during the past year.

About Ascent Solutions

Ascent Solutions LLC is a leading professional services firm that empowers businesses through a better use of technology. Across four service lines comprised of Cybersecurity, Productivity, Innovation and Managed Services, Ascent delivers comprehensive and innovative solutions to solve organizations’ most complex and challenging problems. As a strategic partner, Ascent works to develop, implement and integrate new technologies with cybersecurity woven throughout the process.

In an era of ever-escalating security threats and updates, cybersecurity must continue to be at the forefront of business and enterprise operations. Ascent Solutions is consistently recognized as a leader in the field, ensuring security and peace of mind for their clients. In addition to nominating Ascent as a partner of the year, Microsoft recently invited the company to participate in an ultra-exclusive Microsoft “airlift” in Israel to interact with on-the-ground product teams and learn about the development of cutting-edge security products.

Media Contact: Cassi Grandner, Ascent Solutions, Cassi.Grandner@MeetAscent.com

Ascent Solutions Nominated for 2020 Bold Awards

Ascent Solutions is excited to announce that we have been nominated for the Eighth Annual BOLD Awards, presented by the Minnesota Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth® (ACG.) The BOLD Awards are designed to honor and recognize innovation, inspirational moves, bold visions and leaders that have made BOLD moves to positively grow, restructure or enhance their companies for the benefit of all stakeholders. The program celebrates the corporate leaders and teams that are behind successful mergers and acquisitions, financing and extraordinary strategies that led to sustainability, remarkable performance and/or accelerated growth in 2018/2019.

Ascent Solutions, LLC is a national professional services firm that delivers serious IT transformation. With four service lines comprising of Cybersecurity, Productivity, Innovation, and Managed Services, Ascent Solutions delivers comprehensive and innovation solutions to solve organization’s most complex and challenging problems. 

Corporate leaders and teams representing the nominees from a group of over 90 stellar organizations will be attending the BOLD Awards on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the newly renovated Metropolitan Club & Ballroom to network and celebrate. This event is a vivid, high-energy BOLD celebration of the businesses that grow Minnesota! See all nominees here!

The BOLD Awards will feature the finalists in 5 categories; Not for Profit, Early Stage, Small & Growing, Middle Market and Large & Established. These finalists will be featured in a video vignette with interviews and testimonials showcasing their efforts and successes. The BOLD winners of each category will be announced during the program later in the evening with the BOLD-est of the BOLD winner being chosen via a real-time, live audience vote.

About ACG (Association for Corporate Growth)

Founded in 1954, ACG has 59 chapters across the globe and the network consists of over 90,000 professionals. ACG Minnesota’s chapter began in 1966 and has nearly 400 members active in Minnesota’s vibrant, business community. ACG Minnesota was 2015 Chapter of the Year with the Executive Director, Nicki Vincent earning the President’s Award that same year. ACG’s mission is to drive middle-market growth. www.acg.org/minnesota

Media Contact: Georgi Alexander, events@acgmn.org

About Ascent Solutions

Ascent Solutions LLC is a leading professional services firm that empowers businesses through a better use of technology. Across four service lines comprised of Cybersecurity, Productivity, Innovation and Managed Services, Ascent delivers comprehensive and innovative solutions to solve organizations’ most complex and challenging problems. As a strategic partner, Ascent works to develop, implement and integrate new technologies with cybersecurity woven throughout the process.

Media Contact: Cassi Grandner, Ascent Solutions, cassi.grandner@meetascent.com

Ascent Solutions Benefits from Microsoft Identity and Access Management Solutions to Accelerate Business Growth Strategies

Ascent Solutions, LLC today announced it is working with Microsoft to help organizations solve their M&A integration challenges using Microsoft’s Identity and Access Management solutions. As a preferred global security partner, Ascent Solutions offers consulting services to help organizations with M&A growth strategies by quickly integrating identities, securing access, and facilitating communications on day-one of a merger or acquisition.

The M&A Core Enablement Service Offering combines technologies from Microsoft Azure Directory such as Azure Active Directory Connect, Multi-Factor Authentication, and Privileged Identity Management to integrate and synchronize two organization’s identities into a single identity space. The offering accelerates post-merger integration by enabling the combined organizations to collaborate without the limitations of legacy boundaries. It increases M&A agility by creating a consistent methodology and playbook to quickly integrate identities from two different technology stacks while still maintaining security and project timelines.

The M&A Core Enablement Service Offering provides the following key benefits:

  • M&A Playbook – A repeatable M&A integration process to synchronize identities and provide day-one access, communication, and integrated business operations.
  • Identity Security – Integrating and synchronizing the M&A identities to Azure Active Directory enables Security Teams to use Conditional Access and Multi-Factor Authentication for day-one access control.
  • Centralized Identity Management – M&A identities synchronized in Azure Active Directory allow for centralized management and audit. User Lifecycle Management is streamlined with Azure AD features such as Privileged Identity Management and Access Review.
  • Centralized Security Policy – With M&A identities synchronized in Azure Active Directory, consistent security policy can be applied across the enterprise for access control, provisioning and deprovisioning, and role-based access control.

“As M&As become more complex, organizations need flexible IAM solutions to ensure identities can be integrated, secured, and managed without disrupting the business. The M&A Core Enablement Service Offering benefitting from Microsoft Identity and Access Management solutions, removes the roadblocks and creates a repeatable framework for future M&A activities. By simplifying the process, the business gains immediate value by being able to collaborate as one entity day-one,” said Howard Friedman, Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Ascent Solutions.

Ann Johnson, Corporate Vice President, Cybersecurity Security Solutions Group, Microsoft Corp. said, “At Microsoft, we believe that Identity is at the center of security, and it begins with multi-factor authentication. Together with Ascent Solutions, we are helping our customers solve some of the biggest challenges they face on their digital transformation journey, by providing responsive security solutions like Conditional Access and MFA, that help drive their business strategies forward.”

About Ascent Solutions

Ascent Solutions, LLC is a national professional services firm that delivers serious IT transformation. With four service lines comprising of Cybersecurity, Productivity, Innovation and Managed Services, Ascent Solutions delivers comprehensive and innovative solutions to solve organization’s most complex and challenging problems.

Media Contact: Cassi Grandner, Ascent Solutions, Cassi.Grandner@MeetAscent.com

Cloud-Native Compliance and Security Company, OpsCompass LLC, Announces Strategic Partnership with Leading Cloud Transformation Experts, Ascent Solutions LLC

Today OpsCompass, the fast-growing cloud compliance and security firm, announced a strategic partnership with established industry leader Ascent Solutions. This partnership will provide customers with a full portfolio and lifecycle of strategic and operational services, as well as cost-effective policy and security controls for their migration to transformational cloud solutions.

“As companies implement cloud solutions they realize very quickly the need for policy-based infrastructure. Partnering with Ascent provides our clients access to the thought leadership, planning expertise, and execution skills necessary to take advantage of cloud economics by leveraging compliance tools like ours,” commented Scott Griffith, Vice President of Corporate Development for OpsCompass. He continued, “The Ascent team has worked closely with clients for many years and have successfully executed these type of technology migrations. We look forward to continuing to work closely together.”

Ascent Solutions, a premier cloud consulting organization, provides a unique method of incorporating cybersecurity into every service offering. This provides a deep expertise for organizations to rely on in implementing robust policy-based cloud infrastructures. Utilizing OpsCompass’ leading cloud-native SaaS solutions for governance and security the combined expertise provides a unique solution that can assist organizations in building an enterprise level, agile, compliant cloud.

“This is an exciting time for our customers on their journey to leverage cloud infrastructure at a more significant enterprise scale. They can now take advantage of the dynamic business opportunities available while maintaining and integrating necessary compliance, security and policy-based disciplines,” stated Howard Friedman, Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Ascent. Adding, “Utilizing OpsCompass’ SaaS based tools with our proven security-based methodologies provides our clients a foundational DevSecOps-based platform to grow their cloud platforms with confidence and speed.”

About OpsCompass

OpsCompass is a SaaS-based enterprise software provider that drives operational control, visibility, and security in Microsoft Azure and other global cloud platforms. Purpose-built for the cloud, OpsCompass replaces legacy controls that are not designed for contemporary, API-driven, cloud infrastructure. The company was formed by former tech executives that have experience in a variety of cloud related industries and who have lived many of the compliance and security challenges facing large enterprises in the transition to cloud-based systems.  http://opscompass.comorhttp://waypoint.opscompass.com

About Ascent Solutions

Ascent Solutions is a leading provider of consulting services for transformational IT. With deep expertise across the domains of Cybersecurity, IT Strategy, Identity Management, Cloud, Hybrid IT and Office 365, Ascent Solutions has the real world experience to help organizations address the most compelling opportunities they face today. In today’s complex business world, driving customer value and staying ahead of the competition requires Serious IT Transformation. Ascent Solutions attracts the truly elite architects and technologists to deliver outstanding experiences, creative and effective solutions, and the customer service focus to treat clients fairly and professionally every step of the way.

Media Contact: Cassi Grandner, Ascent Solutions, Cassi.Grandner@MeetAscent.com

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