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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…

How Your Business Should Prepare in the Case of Another COVID Shutdown

December 7, 2020

The COVID-19 situation has quickly escalated into a political hot button, with everyone wanting to weigh in. Ticker boards were implemented on news sites detailing the number of people affected by the virus, social media is wrought with arguments, family feuds are exploding over group text messages, businesses are being drastically affected, and people are…

How Poorly Designed Work From Home Policies Affect Your Business (Working From Home During Coronavirus)

April 30, 2020

Companies that previously laughed at the idea of working from home are now desperately wondering how to keep themselves and their employees productive during the realities of work-from-home-life. It’s become clear that remote working policies should be covered by your BDR (business disaster recovery) plan as well as hygiene and social distancing for those who…

Working From Home During Coronavirus: Must-Have IT and Technology Policies

April 30, 2020

A large part of preparing for the current coronavirus crisis is having a plan in the event that most or all of your employees need to stay at home or self-isolate. This is a great time to draw up a BDR (business disaster recovery) plan to ensure continuity of business or update your existing one.…

The New Reality of Working Remotely with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Crisis

April 30, 2020

Working from home is the new normal for a lot of workers in the US, and around the world. There has been much debate about working from home and whether or not it’s a productivity boost or productivity drain. Skeptical managers envision employees lying on their couches at home in Metallica concert t-shirts eating Doritos…

Essential Tips (Both Technology and Non-Technology) for Remote Workers During the Coronavirus Crisis

April 30, 2020

Many companies are implementing mandatory or voluntary working from home procedures, some never having done this before, during the current coronavirus crisis. These work from home situations might make you and your staff feel less productive and less visible from home. In light of that, here’s some tips to help you make the most of…

How Coronavirus Is Affecting Remote Working Policies and Working From Home

April 30, 2020

The once skeptical manager on whether working remote would benefit (or hurt) their company, need not be skeptical any longer. We’re all being forced to consider working from home, like being shoved in the small of the back into a reality only once imagined in an H.G. Wells novel. With the current Coronavirus situation, companies…

When Our Clients Make the 2020 list of Top Places to Work in MA, We Celebrate with Them

April 22, 2020

Every year, The Boston Globe releases their list of Top Places to Work in Massachusetts.  The Globe creates this list by polling thousands of employees across the state. The poll seeks insight on their experiences and attitudes about their workplaces.  However, unlike previous years, 2020 faced a global pandemic. So, this year the Globe placed…

Working From Home: How To Prepare Your Business for Coronavirus, Technology, and Remote Workers

April 3, 2020

The days of your employees and staff working 100% percent of their work lives under the same roof are gone. You might have a few employees who DO primarily work in one place, but the Coronavirus crisis has taught us all a few lessons about being prepared for your staff to not work in your…

Coronavirus, Technology, and Remote Workers: How Your Business Can Prepare for Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

Businesses around the world are starting to wonder exactly what the coronavirus (dubbed COVID-19) means to them, and how they should prepare for the virus if an outbreak happens closer to home. At Cooperative Systems, we believe that the safety of our employees and customers is paramount. We also believe that businesses should be able…

10 Tips For Website Accessibility: Your Website Accessibility Checklist

February 27, 2020

When it comes to how your company is being represented online, aesthetics and volume of content are not the only significant factors in how “accessible” you are. Website accessibility should be approached similar to the way an architect needs to look at an office building or other facility. That is, you also need to take…

National Clean Out Your Computer Day 2020

February 10, 2020

Every second Monday in February the National Day Calendar reminds us that it is National Clean Out Your Computer Day. This is an official reminder to take inventory of our hardware, software, documents, and apps and channel our inner Marie Kondo. We are antsy to get started on spring cleaning now that Punxsutawney Phil did…

Grow Your Business: Measure and Improve Your IT Operational Maturity

February 6, 2020

Business owners everywhere can agree that building and fortifying your operations takes a huge amount of work, planning, time, and resources. This is the case regardless of the size of your organization, and no matter whether your business is just starting out the gates or whether you’ve been around for 20, 50, or 100 years.…

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…