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Business Planning

06/30/2021

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.  …

06/23/2021

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…

05/12/2021

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…

04/16/2021

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,…

04/06/2021

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…

03/26/2021

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…

03/19/2021

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…

03/11/2021

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….

03/09/2021

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…

12/07/2020

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,…

04/30/2020

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…

04/30/2020

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…

04/30/2020

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….

04/30/2020

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…

04/30/2020

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…

04/03/2020

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…

03/12/2020

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…

02/06/2020

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…

01/08/2020

When you’re trying to figure out how to speed up your WiFi, we always suggest starting with this oh-so-timeless IT advice:Try turning it off, waiting 10 seconds or so, and then turning it back on again. Believe it or…

01/02/2020

One of the leading providers of cybersecurity solutions worldwide, Check Point Software Technologies, released what they think is a 2020 cybersecurity cold war brewing and what that might involve. What they came up with is a shortlist of the…