Connecticut’s Department of Labor hosted a breakfast seminar entitled, “Cyber Security- What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You” on Thursday February 21st at their office in Wethersfield. The seminar was attended by professionals from the healthcare, banking, legal, construction, IT services and government industry sectors.

Capital Community College Assistant Professor of Networking and Cybersecurity, Saaid Elhadad, was the featured speaker. The three hour session flew by as Professor Elhadad offered suggestions about everything from best practices in setting up firewalls to whether you should accept a free USB drive from a trade show … you shouldn’t.

Professor Elhadad recommended implementing a layered approach to achieve the best protection. To architect the most resilient cyber security, organizations should install separate modems, firewalls, and wireless access points. Each of these devices have their own cyber security capabilities. The collective effect of this multi-layer approach is a much higher level of protection than depending on a single multi-function device.

There were many other pointers, including:

  • Use two different browsers; one for general use and one for more secure financial transactions
  • Wireless communications, when implemented properly, is more secure than wireline
  • Use a Password Manager; Don’t rely on your browser to automatically insert passwords
  • Check https://haveibeenpawned.com to see if your information is exposed on the Dark Web
  • Don’t trust WiFi connections at public locations — Configure a HotSpot with your phone instead
  • Implementing the Professor’s recommendations will reduce exposure by 80% but you still need proper data backup. The only protection against Ransomware is to have adequate backup

Thanks to Mark Stankiewicz and the team from the Office of Workforce Competitiveness at the Connecticut Department of Labor for putting this great seminar together. The only problem with the event was that there was not enough time to cover all the material Professor Elhadad had prepared and to answer the many questions from the audience, even after 3 hours!

The good news is Mark said they will look into scheduling a follow up session. Keep your eyes open for that as it will certainly be worth attending.

Considering whether to build or expand your data center or relocate your IT systems to a colocation facility? In almost all cases, colocation is the better choice; especially for small to medium requirements. One reason is the cost and major capital expenditures required to build out a data center – even if only for a few cabinets – and to ensure it is secure.

Here’s what’s necessary:

  • Redundant Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)
  • Redundant fuel powered Generators
  • Redundant Air Conditioning systems
  • Fire Suppression systems
  • 24/7 Security Systems with Video Monitoring
  • Network Switching Systems, Power Distribution Units, Cabling Systems
  • Monitoring and Alert Systems
  • Multiple Internet carriers (for redundancy)
  • Knowledgeable personnel to operate the data center
  • Certifications for the data center such as SSAE-18 (SOC 1 Type 2)

There are additional considerations for companies located in Connecticut that make the colocation case even more compelling:

 

Conditions In CT Impact on Data Center Build/Colo Decision Favors
Cost of living is very high Hard to hire and retain IT infrastructure experts Colo
Many financial services cos Targeted by cyber criminals, need top security Colo
Real Estate very expensive To Build, cost is higher, ROI longer Colo
Compliance Requirements Require secure facilities with proper certifications Colo

Blue Hill Data Services / CAPS exhibited at BankWorld 2018, at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. BankWorld is New England’s largest Bank and Credit Union Trade Show. Discussion topics included the latest trends in Colocation, Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity, and Private Cloud services. Sponsoring this event gave us a great opportunity to speak with our banking customers and partners, and to support the BankWorld organization. We awarded prizes to our first and second place raffle winners and even had a “Number Game” winner at our booth.

For more information contact: Tom Parnon, TParnon@CAPScenters.com, 203-925-3914

For Immediate Release October 16, 2017 Rosary De Filippis, Executive Director, Business Development and Chief Marketing Officer, is returning to this year’s Gartner Symposium ITxpo 2017.  The symposium will be held in Orlando, Florida from October 16-20th.  This conference is billed as the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and Senior IT Executives. It is sold out, with more than 10,000 executives attending. This year’s theme, Lead 360. Drive Digital to the Core, will help attendees see further, explore deeper and discover how to make digital a core competence for themselves and their organizations. The agenda will be anchored in three key areas: Technology and InformationLeadershipand Business StrategyThose attending will receive actionable advice to drive digital to the core of their products, processes and talent. They will also learn to prepare for disruptive trends that can help deliver long-term business benefits Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is specifically designed for CIO’s and Senior IT Executives.  IT leaders will be challenged to step outside traditional boundaries to think provocatively during the event’s Maverick sessions and connect with like-minded peers during various engagement activities. Contact Rosary De Filippis to meet up during the conference to share ideas. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ About CAPS: CAPS (Computer Alternative Processing Sites) helps clients minimize risk and seamlessly continue their business operations by providing Cloud/IT Infrastructure services, including Colocation and fully Managed Services, Business Continuity solutions, Dedicated Disaster Recovery Services and Data Backup, Storage and Recovery.  Our highly skilled and experienced staff and 24/7 services have supported clients from all industries since 1995. Our differentiation is providing flexibility with contracts and SLAs and personalized, scalable solutions and services, specifically tailored to align with each client’s budget and business objectives. CAPS is an environmentally controlled SOC 1 Type 2 (SSAE 16) compliant, hardened highly secure data center facility with headquarters in Shelton, Connecticut. Contact: Tom Parnon, TParnon@CAPScenters.com, 203-925-3914

For Immediate Release
October 28, 2016

Mitigate risk, scale faster, and turn capex into opex.  Containing costs while supporting growth initiatives lead many companies to partner with CAPS.

Rather than building a new data center or expanding, eliminate this CAPEX and explore how CAPS Centers can provide efficient and cost effective services.

CAPS Colocation Services deliver word -class performance in a secure, agile and reliable environment, utilizing CAPS’ resilient, redundant and highly available data center facilities.

  1. Eliminate Capex and move to an Opex model
  2. Enhance network redundancy, higher speeds, lower cost bandwidth
  3. Fully secure physical and virtual environments
  4. 24/7 Managed Services
  5. Scalable, customized solutions that are cost effective

Contact us today for a tour and to assess your business needs.

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About CAPS:  

CAPS helps clients minimize risk and seamlessly continue their business operations by providing Private Cloud/IT Infrastructure services, including Colocation,  Fully Managed Services, Business Continuity, Dedicated Disaster Recovery, and Data Backup, Storage and Recovery.  CAPS is headquarted in Shelton CT, and has environmentally controlled, SOC 1 Type 2 (SSAE 16) compliant, hardened highly secure data center facilities in Shelton, CT, Pearl River, NY,  Branchburg, NJ, and Atlanta, GA.  Our highly skilled and experienced staff and 24/7 services have supported clients from all industries since 1995. Our differentiation is providing flexibility with contracts and SLAs and personalized, scalable solutions and services, specifically tailored to align with each client’s budget and business objectives.

Contact: Tom Parnon, TParnon@CAPScenters.com, 203-925-3914

 

For Immediate Release:
October 17, 2016

According to all major news organizations, including ABC, NBC and National Geographic, Hurricane Matthew became the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Felix in 2007.  It is hard to plan and predict the paths of these storms, but preparation is essential to circumvent disruptions and unplanned outages.

A compromised data center outage can result in a company experiencing severe downtime and the loss of millions of dollars.
Having a disaster recovery plan that is tested and updated regularly can help prepare for the avoidance of outages and downtime during these types of severe weather threats.

CAPS can help. We provide:

  1. Flexible, scalable and customizable, 24/7 disaster recovery and business continuity services
  2. State of the art business continuity/resiliency
  3. Critical, high-availability, virtualized, hosted, and private cloud services
  4. A full complement of colocation services
  5. Customized disaster recovery and business continuity solutions which are modular in order to meet the needs of both small and medium businesses and large enterprises

CAPS strives to develop secure, scalable, and reliable Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity solutions to fit schedules and budgets. We deliver cloud solutions that protect companies from costly downtime and eliminate the risk of data loss.  Our flexibility, trustworthiness, and support have resulted in leading companies selecting CAPS as their solution provider.

Download our complete Disaster Recovery Checklist which provides the elements necessary to ensure you are meeting all your required standards.

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About CAPS:

CAPS (Computer Alternative Processing Sites) helps clients minimize risk and seamlessly continue their business operations by providing Cloud/IT Infrastructure services, including Colocation and fully Managed Services, Business Continuity solutions, Dedicated Disaster Recovery Services and Data Backup, Storage and Recovery.  Our highly skilled and experienced staff and 24/7 services have supported clients from all industries since 1995. Our differentiation is providing flexibility with contracts and SLAs and personalized, scalable solutions and services, specifically tailored to align with each client’s budget and business objectives. CAPS is an environmentally controlled, SOC 1 Type 2 (SSAE 16) compliant hardened, highly secure data center facility with headquarters in Shelton, Connecticut.

Contact: Tom Parnon, TParnon@CAPScenters.com, 203-925-3914

For Immediate Release
September 13, 2016

Proactive planning and preparation can help alleviate the effects of disruptions or reduce their rate of occurrence.  While these disruptions can never be predicted, measures can be taken ahead of time to lessen the reactive mode that companies are hurled into if an unplanned outage occurs.

Take the recent British Airways and Delta Airlines outages that grounded flights worldwide, stranding tens of thousands of passengers across the globe.  Reports show this was the fourth occurrence in the past year where a major airline such as JetBlue, United and Southwest, had been compromised by a data center outage.

Having a disaster recovery plan that is tested and updated regularly can circumvent outages and downtime.  These unplanned outages have resulted in estimated losses of $150 million dollars, and have negatively impacted customer brand loyalty.  The first item on any business’ agenda should be a solid disaster recovery plan and backup data center in place.

Enter CAPS Centers.  We provide the following:

  1. Flexible, scalable and customizable, 24/7 disaster recovery and business continuity services
  2. State of the art business continuity sites
  3. Critical, high-availability, virtualized, hosted and private cloud services
  4. A full complement of colocation services
  5. Customized disaster recovery and business solutions which are modular in order to meet the needs of both small and medium businesses and large enterprises

Please reference the following to see our full Disaster Recovery checklist

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CAPS (Computer Alternative Processing Sites) helps clients minimize risk and seamlessly continue their business operations by providing Cloud/IT Infrastructure services, including Colocation and fully Managed Services, Business Continuity solutions, Dedicated Disaster Recovery Services and Data Backup, Storage and Recovery.  Our highly skilled and experienced staff and 24/7 services have supported clients from all industries since 1995. Our differentiation is providing flexibility with contracts and SLAs and personalized, scalable solutions and services, specifically tailored to align with each client’s budget and business objectives. CAPS is an environmentally controlled SOC 1 Type 2 (SSAE 16) compliant, hardened highly secure data center facility with headquarters in Shelton, Connecticut.

Contact: Tom Parnon, TParnon@CAPScenters.com, 203-925-3914

 

For Immediate Release
August 30, 2016

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently proposed a new rule that would require investment firms to adopt and put forth written continuity and transition plans.  This rule is designed to confirm that investment advisers have plans in place to report operational risks associated with substantial disruption in the firms operations. By cooperating with this rule, client and investor damage will be significantly reduced.

Proactive planning and preparation can help alleviate the effects of disruptions or reduce their rate of occurrence.  While these disruptions can never be predicted, if all measures are taken ahead of time that can only lessen the reactive mode that companies are hurled into.

Enter CAPS Centers.  We provide the following:

  1. Flexible, scalable and customizable, 24/7 disaster recovery and business continuity services
  2. State of the art business continuity sites
  3. Critical, high-availability, virtualized, hosted and private cloud services
  4. A full complement of colocation services
  5. Customized disaster recovery and business solutions which are modular in order to meet the needs of both small and medium businesses and large enterprises

Please reference the following link to see our full Disaster Recovery checklist

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CAPS (Computer Alternative Processing Sites) helps clients minimize risk and seamlessly continue their business operations by providing Cloud/IT Infrastructure services, including Colocation and fully Managed Services, Business Continuity solutions, Dedicated Disaster Recovery Services and Data Backup, Storage and Recovery.  Our highly skilled and experienced staff and 24/7 services have supported clients from all industries since 1995. Our differentiation is providing flexibility with contracts and SLAs and personalized, scalable solutions and services, specifically tailored to align with each client’s budget and business objectives. CAPS is an environmentally controlled SOC 1 Type 2 (SSAE 16)  compliant, hardened, highly secure data center facility with headquarters in Shelton, Connecticut.

Contact: Tom Parnon, TParnon@CAPScenters.com, 203-925-3914

Information based on recent article from Sec.gov – Proposed new rule 206(4)-4.

Blue Hill Data Services/CAPS is proud to be a sponsor at Gartner Symposium ITxpo. For a limited time we are pleased to extend to our customers and guests a reduced registration rate.

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Orlando, FL, is the most influential and strategic IT conference for the CIOs and their leadership teams, attracting 3,000 CIOs. More than 8,500 senior IT leaders will engage in 500 sessions, which include forward-thinking keynotes, networking sessions, roundtables and private analyst meetings.

Join Blue Hill Data Services/CAPS at ITxpo, the exhibit floor at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, featuring more than 290 solution providers, plus:

  • 11 technology Marketplaces
  • CIO Thought Leadership presentations
  • Learning labs and ITxpo theaters
  • Emerging Technologies Pavilion
  • Solution provider sessions
  • Face-to-face solution provider meetings
  • Networking receptions, and more
For more information please contact:
Rosary De Filippis
Executive Director, Business Development & CMO
Blue Hill Data Services
RDeFilippis@BlueHillData.com
(845) 875-7037

 

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Visit CAPS and Blue Hill Data Services

At Booth 1510

SIFMA Tech 2014 – NYC

 

June 17-18, 2014
New York City, NY

Visit us at Booth 1510 at this year’s SIFMA Tech 2014 show and receive a token of our appreciation.

CAPS and Blue Hill Data Services are pleased to be premium sponsors at this year’s SIFMA Tech 2014 Event at booth 1510 at the Hilton New York located on 1335 Avenue of the Americas 54th St  New York City, New York on June 17-18. There will be over 2,500 financial services executives responsible for Data Management and Analysis, Trading Systems, Infrastructure Services, Compliance, Business process improvement and Risk Management Operations.

Given the most sweeping regulatory reform changes in recent history and the pace of consumer and commercial technology innovation, there has never been more activity in the financial services technology sector.

Throughout SIFMA Tech’s venerable 30 year history, SIFMA Tech has brought together several thousand financial service providers and members. In 2014, SIFMA will be fostering better partnerships between their members and service providers, and highlighting the newest and most innovative technology.

 

About SIFMA

SIFMA stands for the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association.

SIFMA’s mission is to develop policies and practices which strengthen financial markets and which encourage capital availability, job creation and economic growth while building trust and confidence in the financial industry. SIFMA, with offices in New York and Washington, D.C., is the U.S. regional member of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA).

 

 About CAPS and Blue Hill Data Services

 

CAPS Centers and Blue Hill Data Services  together comprise Computer Technologies U.S.A.

We help customers reduce their operating costs and minimize risk by providing fully managed on-shore data center hosting solutions.  Our highly skilled and experienced staff, world-class facilities, and reliable 24×7 services have supported customers worldwide and from all industries since 1994.  We specialize in Mainframe, Open Systems, AS/400 iSeries, Application Services, Colocation Services, Dedicated Disaster Recovery, and Business Continuity Solutions.  Our differentiation is providing customized solutions, flexibility with contracts and SLAs, and personalized attention and services.

We are proud our customer retention is 100%.  

 

Contact Information

Rosary De Filippis

Executive Director, Business Development & CMO

Blue Hill Data Services

RDeFilippis@BlueHillData.com

(845) 875-7037

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