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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…

Ransomware Issues for Businesses: Why Even the White House Is Getting Involved In Ransomware Prevention

June 23, 2021

A ransomware attack can be devastating to your business. Ransomware attacks can shut down your business for inconvenient periods of time, permanently damage your reputation, and open the door to more unfortunate yet preventable data breaches. Ransomware has become such a big issue for private companies that even the White House is getting involved. Earlier…

Controlling Your IT: Should You Outsource Your IT, Hire Internally, or Have a Hybrid?

May 12, 2021

Hire or outsource?  Outsource or hire?  We hear this question all the time from business owners, just like you.   Here is what we DO know: It is a difficult question to answer with a lot of variables.   Let’s talk about the pros and cons with the caveat that your own business may have different priorities and needs.    IT costs vary…

Springfield Label and Tape Solves Technology Frustrations Through Partnership with Cooperative Systems

May 4, 2021

Springfield Label and Tape specializes in creating custom labels for a wide variety of clients.   They were facing several technology issues that was starting to impact their productivity including help with IT support, internet and network performance, remote work access and cybersecurity. They heard about us and asked for help.   How we did it:   We installed a…

Paid Technology Assessments Vs. Free Technology Assessments: Which is better for your organization and why?

April 16, 2021

Technology. Some business professionals love it, some hate it. But why? There are many different explanations for this dynamic. IMHO, the lack of proper training & education are the biggest culprits. Part of our mission here at Cooperative Systems, is to ensure that our clients understand the work we do for them. We’ve found that…

Connecticut Underwriting Firm Partners with Cooperative Systems to Tackle Several Technology Pain Points

April 8, 2021

How we helped a Connecticut Underwriting Firm to modernize their IT infrastructure and network to increase daily productivity and respond to adverse events.  HOVIN Underwriting offers professional life underwriting solutions for the life insurance industry. Their clients include multiple large and respected life insurance carriers that are experiencing and/or expecting staffing fluctuations or backlogs.  HOVIN was facing four technology…

Backup and Continuity for Hartford and Boston Businesses: Why Backups Are Important

April 6, 2021

Backups of your IT network and your company data are one of the most important things you can have in the case of unforeseen events.  According to Steadfast, human error is the leading cause of data loss, coming in at around 25 percent of all data loss. While it is possible to train your employees to be weary of emails with ransomware, accidentally deleting an important project…

Security and Compliance for Businesses: What is the Dark Web?

March 26, 2021

What the heck is the dark web and why does this weird term matter to my business? Maybe you heard your LinkedIn, Instagram, or Dropbox password was floating around out there. Or maybe you read a news story about that guy who got busted for running Silk Road, that site that sold drugs and other…

People & Technology Training: Cybersecurity and your business

March 19, 2021

Your company’s employees are your greatest asset. But if they’re not properly trained in cybersecurity, they may be your greatest liability. Knowing that, what is cybersecurity, why is it so important, and how does this impact your best asset in your team members? What is Cybersecurity: Here’s what Cybersecurity is It’s protecting company information and…

How we stood by our clients during the COVID-19 Global Pandemic to ensure their businesses remained operational and secure.

March 16, 2021

After the pandemic hit, businesses everywhere were trying to quickly shift to remote work. A large component of this shift is hardware. They needed more equipment so their team members could work successfully from home. Due to this increased demand, PC hardware and peripherals were in short supply. In addition, costs for these items skyrocketed. On…

How Human Error Affects The Security of Your Business Technology

March 11, 2021

Your biggest asset is your people.   But when it comes to the health of your technology, your biggest internal threat to the security of your company’s IT network are those same imperfect humans. We’re talking about human error. Before we get too deep, please understand that no one is perfect. However, there are specific…

Top Reasons Your Business Should Consider Leveraging The Cloud (Private Data Center)

March 9, 2021

The Cloud and Data Centers. We’ve all heard of it and what they are. Some of us use the Cloud for mobile apps, videos and pictures, communication tools like Teams, and for your line-of-business applications. But did you know how beneficial it could be for your business? Not only is the Cloud useful for buying…

Cybersecurity for business: The top 7 mobile security threats to your business

December 20, 2020

Mobile security threats are serious cyber-attacks which can happen to anyone. These dangers are as significant as any personal computer attack, and businesses should prepare using preventative measures.    Study after study are illustrating the security vulnerabilities at play with mobile devices.  For example, a recent study showed that 39% of workers use personal mobile devices to access…