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Data Privacy Champions!

December 3, 2021

Cooperative Systems Joins a Nationwide Global Effort to Support Data Privacy Day by Signing On as a Champion Organizations across the world are generating awareness about the importance of respecting privacy, safeguarding data and enabling trust. January 26, 2022 – Today we’re announcing commitment to be a Champion of Data Privacy Day (CDPD) to create…

5 Ways to Shop Safely Online this Holiday Season

November 23, 2021

Tis the season for gift giving, which for busy people everywhere, means online shopping.   Online shopping is so popular that American shoppers are predicted to spend a total of $929 billion during the Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday sales, according to market research company, eMarketer.   More people online shopping presents a very tempting situation for cybercriminals. So much so, that Infosecurity magazine predicts that there will be an estimated 50…

How to choose the right outsourced cybersecurity partner?

November 1, 2021

With cyberattacks, ransomware and phishing cases on the rise in 2021, it’s more important than ever to have effective security and risk management in place to protect your IT assets. When it comes to cybersecurity, companies tend to have these top three concerns: loss of data, revenue, and reputation.  With so much at stake, finding the right outsourced cybersecurity…

Ransomware protection for businesses: How to protect your company mobile devices from ransomware attacks

October 20, 2021

2021 saw dramatic increases in ransomware compared to previous years. With year-end 2021 ransomware attacks predicted to cost close to $714 million, which grew to 134% over 2020’s numbers, there seems to be no end in sight.  Todays cyberhackers are more sophisticated and strategic in executing surgical attacks on an organization’s infrastructure.  While crypto-ransomware and ransomware lockers have…

How we helped a financial services organization standardize and stabilize their IT infrastructure and cloud environment to allow for secure and seamless remote work capabilities during COVID-19.

October 5, 2021

Hartford Community Loan Fund (HCLF) is a community development institution that specializes in nonprofit lending. They provide and promote just and affordable financial services that benefit low-wealth residents in the communities they serve. They do this by helping clients overcome barriers including credit history, language, cultural differences, financial literacy, or lack of economic assets. They…

Why Cybersecurity Awareness for Your Business Is Critical for ALL Employees

October 1, 2021

Is Cybersecurity a major priority for your business? Well, let’s discuss some facts on the latest trends in cyber-attacks and data breaches.  IBM Security has published the Poneman Institute’s Cost of a Data Breach Report for the past 17 years. It is the benchmark report offering help in mitigating the rising costs of data breaches.  …

How to protect your business against ransomware attacks?

September 21, 2021

While businesses are prioritizing growth and profitability, hackers are working on extorting your company’s money. Their favorite tool to do so is ransomware.   According to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, “50 to 70% of ransomware attacks were aimed at small and medium-sized companies.” So basically, no business is completely safe from ransomware.  What is ransomware? …

Should you outsource your company’s cybersecurity?

September 15, 2021

More than likely, yes.  Before we get to the reasons why, let’s just review some recent data on cybersecurity attacks.   According to SentinelOne, the leading software provider in threat detection, most small to medium sized businesses (SMB’s) are extremely vulnerable to impending cybersecurity attacks.    32% of SMBs have suffered a cybersecurity attack in the past…

Why cybersecurity is VITAL to protecting cloud services.

September 13, 2021

A recent 2021 Netskope Cloud and Threat Report raised some eye-opening pieces of research. In 2021, 53% of all web traffic has been cloud-related, which increased the dangers of cyberattacks. It also revealed a 13% malware spike from cloud apps.  Ray Canzanese, Netskope Threat Research Director, provided an interesting perspective on this subject. He stated,…

Takeaways from the SolarWinds ransomware hacks

August 25, 2021

In December of 2020, headlines revealed that a major software company, SolarWinds (SW), was hacked in 2019. SW provides a variety of system management tools for network and infrastructure monitoring.   The reason this made headlines for multiple reasons. First, SW waited months to reveal they were breached. The hackers got into SolarWinds’ network via malicious code…

How to identify the latest phishing tactics

August 18, 2021

A recent 2021 phishing study reported that the cost of phishing more than tripled since 2015. The average annual cost of phishing increased from $3.8 million in 2015 to $14.8 million in 2021.   Source: Ponemon Institute’s The 2021 Cost of Phishing Study  In addition to these rising organizational costs, it also stated that nearly 65,343 wasted…

How to help remote workers feel more secure while working from home

July 24, 2021

In the spring of 2020, employers across the nation started implementing work-from-home options.   By July 2020, a Gartner survey revealed that more than 80% of business leaders planned to continue a remote work option. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing businesses to keep employees on a remote basis, new cybersecurity challenges loomed large.   Companies had to increase…

Cryptocurrency and IT Infrastructure For Businesses: How You Can Accept It and Profit From Cryptocurrency

June 30, 2021

Cryptocurrency isn’t going away anytime soon.   With more providers of goods and services accepting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies now than ever before, businesses just like yours, need to be thinking about what you need in order to accept it as a payment type.   Not only are large companies jumping on, but entire countries such as El Salvador are adopting cryptocurrencies to allow citizens…

5 Ways to Shop Safely Online this Holiday Season

November 23, 2021

Tis the season for gift giving, which for busy people everywhere, means online shopping.   Online shopping is so popular that American shoppers are predicted to spend a total of $929 billion during the Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday sales, according to market research company, eMarketer.   More people online shopping presents a very tempting situation for cybercriminals. So much so, that Infosecurity magazine predicts that there will be an estimated 50…

How to choose the right outsourced cybersecurity partner?

November 1, 2021

With cyberattacks, ransomware and phishing cases on the rise in 2021, it’s more important than ever to have effective security and risk management in place to protect your IT assets. When it comes to cybersecurity, companies tend to have these top three concerns: loss of data, revenue, and reputation.  With so much at stake, finding the right outsourced cybersecurity…

Ransomware protection for businesses: How to protect your company mobile devices from ransomware attacks

October 20, 2021

2021 saw dramatic increases in ransomware compared to previous years. With year-end 2021 ransomware attacks predicted to cost close to $714 million, which grew to 134% over 2020’s numbers, there seems to be no end in sight.  Todays cyberhackers are more sophisticated and strategic in executing surgical attacks on an organization’s infrastructure.  While crypto-ransomware and ransomware lockers have…

How we helped a financial services organization standardize and stabilize their IT infrastructure and cloud environment to allow for secure and seamless remote work capabilities during COVID-19.

October 5, 2021

Hartford Community Loan Fund (HCLF) is a community development institution that specializes in nonprofit lending. They provide and promote just and affordable financial services that benefit low-wealth residents in the communities they serve. They do this by helping clients overcome barriers including credit history, language, cultural differences, financial literacy, or lack of economic assets. They…

Why Cybersecurity Awareness for Your Business Is Critical for ALL Employees

October 1, 2021

Is Cybersecurity a major priority for your business? Well, let’s discuss some facts on the latest trends in cyber-attacks and data breaches.  IBM Security has published the Poneman Institute’s Cost of a Data Breach Report for the past 17 years. It is the benchmark report offering help in mitigating the rising costs of data breaches.  …

How to protect your business against ransomware attacks?

September 21, 2021

While businesses are prioritizing growth and profitability, hackers are working on extorting your company’s money. Their favorite tool to do so is ransomware.   According to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, “50 to 70% of ransomware attacks were aimed at small and medium-sized companies.” So basically, no business is completely safe from ransomware.  What is ransomware? …

Should you outsource your company’s cybersecurity?

September 15, 2021

More than likely, yes.  Before we get to the reasons why, let’s just review some recent data on cybersecurity attacks.   According to SentinelOne, the leading software provider in threat detection, most small to medium sized businesses (SMB’s) are extremely vulnerable to impending cybersecurity attacks.    32% of SMBs have suffered a cybersecurity attack in the past…

Why cybersecurity is VITAL to protecting cloud services.

September 13, 2021

A recent 2021 Netskope Cloud and Threat Report raised some eye-opening pieces of research. In 2021, 53% of all web traffic has been cloud-related, which increased the dangers of cyberattacks. It also revealed a 13% malware spike from cloud apps.  Ray Canzanese, Netskope Threat Research Director, provided an interesting perspective on this subject. He stated,…

Takeaways from the SolarWinds ransomware hacks

August 25, 2021

In December of 2020, headlines revealed that a major software company, SolarWinds (SW), was hacked in 2019. SW provides a variety of system management tools for network and infrastructure monitoring.   The reason this made headlines for multiple reasons. First, SW waited months to reveal they were breached. The hackers got into SolarWinds’ network via malicious code…

How to identify the latest phishing tactics

August 18, 2021

A recent 2021 phishing study reported that the cost of phishing more than tripled since 2015. The average annual cost of phishing increased from $3.8 million in 2015 to $14.8 million in 2021.   Source: Ponemon Institute’s The 2021 Cost of Phishing Study  In addition to these rising organizational costs, it also stated that nearly 65,343 wasted…

How to help remote workers feel more secure while working from home

July 24, 2021

In the spring of 2020, employers across the nation started implementing work-from-home options.   By July 2020, a Gartner survey revealed that more than 80% of business leaders planned to continue a remote work option. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing businesses to keep employees on a remote basis, new cybersecurity challenges loomed large.   Companies had to increase…

Cryptocurrency and IT Infrastructure For Businesses: How You Can Accept It and Profit From Cryptocurrency

June 30, 2021

Cryptocurrency isn’t going away anytime soon.   With more providers of goods and services accepting Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies now than ever before, businesses just like yours, need to be thinking about what you need in order to accept it as a payment type.   Not only are large companies jumping on, but entire countries such as El Salvador are adopting cryptocurrencies to allow citizens…