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Returning to the Office: Security Threats and Proactive Solutions

05.17.21 | By Ascent

A year after the pandemic began, employers are now considering how to welcome their employees back to the office. Ascent cybersecurity leaders, Derek Swenningsen and Kayne McGladrey discuss the challenges and threats that are emerging in the modern workplace. In addition to dissecting the threats, our experts discuss the proactive cybersecurity steps that firms can take to ensure their employees are welcomed back to a safe, secure environment.


Kayne McGladrey

Practice Lead of Strategy & GRC 

Kayne has served for over two decades in cybersecurity and has been recognized the #1 Global Thought Leader on Cybersecurity by Thinkers360. He’s been published in CIO, CSO, Dark Reading, IEEE Transmitter, Cyber Security Hub, SC Magazine, Ed Tech Magazine, Tech Target, Communications of the ACM, USA Today, Bloomberg Law, and more. Kayne currently serves as Ascent Practice Lead of Strategy & GRC where he leads clients in transforming their security strategies to ensure resiliency and future posture.

Derek Swenningsen

Enterprise Defense Services Manager

Derek has seven years as an active cyber security professional with a demonstrated history in application and network penetration testing. Swenningsen leads Ascent clients in vulnerability assessment, network penetration testing, reverse engineering, malware analysis, and risk management. When Derek is not assisting clients, he lends his technical leadership as an adjunct professor of Cyber Security Operations for the Master’s program at the University of San Diego. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle and Master’s Degree in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School.

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