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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…

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‘Tis the Season for Consumer Scams

November 24, 2015

10 Tips to Protect Your Assets This Holiday Season   With Black Friday and Cyber Monday fast approaching the FBI and the Better Business Bureau released an annual warning to shoppers highlighting some of the consumer scams and threat scenarios shoppers may encounter. We’ve reviewed these and other lists, done the research, and put together…

Setting the Standard in Compliance

November 16, 2015

A Case Study Highlighting Compliance Excellence Ingram Micro recently featured Cooperative Systems among the top 50 in 2015 on their SMB 500, an annual list recognizing and ranking the top 500 fastest growing Ingram Micro SMB channel partners in the U.S.  In conjunction with this achievement, Cooperative Systems has been setting the compliance standard. This…

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A Teenager Hacked The CIA

November 10, 2015

You Could Be Hacked, Too With new threats emerging all of the time, it’s no wonder that cybersecurity is such a major part of any technological endeavor. Your should be using the most powerful security solutions on the market in order to avoid intensive hacks. Despite the emphasis that our society places on security, it…

Technology Security for Businesses: Top IT and Technology Best Practices

November 9, 2015

The Best Practices To Secure Your Business Look no further. Our IT staff has assembled these 5 core recommendations through years of experience supporting bank and credit union IT infrastructure and people. Make it everyone’s business We put this first because we’ve seen too many experts neglect this one or leave it at the end…

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IT and Technology for Business: Tip of the Week – Eliminating Distractions

November 4, 2015

Stop Distracting Yourself In today’s competitive workplace environments, productivity is at a premium and workplace distractions are aplenty. Thanks to our gadgets, the allure of the Internet, and of course having to interact with people, working at the modern office isn’t without it’s fair share of diversions. These hinder productivity. Here are three tips that…

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IT Tip of the Week: Do This Before Leaving Your Desk Unattended

July 27, 2015

We’ve published several blog articles about enterprise security technologies, but it’s equally important to focus on the other side of the security equation and make sure people know how to properly log off, lock, and walk away from their workspace. To that end, even something as seemingly-mundane as forgetting to lock your computer can leave…

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2015 Best Place To Work in Connecticut

March 20, 2015

#3 on the list of Best Places to Work in Connecticut 2015 This tenth annual program was created by the Hartford Business Journal, Best Companies Group and sponsored by Hooker & Holcombe Companies. This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in Connecticut, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce,…