With the help of Bousquet Sport, the Synagex team put together “Dink for Dave”—A Charity Pickleball Round Robin to raise funds for longtime Synagex employee, Dave Lamon and his family, as he continues to battle stage 4 colon cancer.

The event took place on Sunday, June 5th, and was complete with a grand spread of raffle prizes as players participated in pickleball games, organized by and hosted at Bousquet Sport on Dan Fox Drive in Pittsfield.

Dave has been with Synagex from the beginning, and the team at Synagex is so grateful for the success of this event. We would like to thank our friends at Bousquet Sport—Eric, Leia, Pat, Keith and JP—who we could not have done this without!

We would also like to thank our generous raffle prize donors: Tuan Gurney, Leia Miller, Jae’s, Mazzeo’s, Graceful You Aesthetics, Bella Soul Salon, Bousquet Mountain,Lift Bistro Pub, Mill Town Capital, Mission Gastropub, Leanna Pegorari Organizing, Berkshire Museum, and Nejaime’s Fine Wine and Spirits.

A a big THANK YOU, AGAIN, to all those who participated and supported this event. It was a huge success, with fun and smiles all around—and for a great cause!

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Pete Morin, CISO at Synagex, helps Massachusetts manufacturers understand the role of IT in manufacturing at MassMEP's networking event.

Friday May 20th was a busy day at Polar Park in Worcester, MA, as area manufacturers gathered for a special event organized by Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP). MassMEP invited Synagex CISO, Pete Morin, to be part of their panel of speakers for the event, meant to give Massachusetts manufacturers in attendance new insight, knowledge and networking opportunities.

Check out the official website for the event HERE.

“Cybersecurity awareness right now is very key.” - Pete, CISO

Pete presented on his area of expertise—cybersecurity, and the role of IT in manufacturing. He joined other expert panelists presenting on topics from automation to additive and industry growth strategies.

A team from Synagex was also in attendance at the event, including CEO John Sinopoli, providing cybersecurity and CMMC resources. At Synagex, we like to keep things fun, "Keeping IT Cool", so the team made sure to stock the booth with plenty of fun giveaways and swag.

Representing Cybersecurity

Synagex has become a go-to cybersecurity resource for MassMEP, participating in podcasts, webinars and special events like "Manufacturing Your Future i4.0" in order to help small manufacturing organizations in Massachusetts understand the importance of IT and cybersecurity. The team has even been dubbed "cybersecurity whisperers" for their ability to explain seemingly complex problems with ease and relatability.

Synagex is also a CMMC RPO—a registered provider organization—providing consulting services for cybersecurity maturity model certification (or CMMC), a requirement amongst many DoD contracts that manufacturing organizations are currently facing. We proudly partner with MassMEP, who can help manufacturers provide the funding for these services and processes, and our goal is to make the process as simple as possible.

Learn more about MassMEP HERE.

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  • Synagex Modern IT

Updated: May 22

Get the scoop on all things security from your IT team at Synagex.

For many years we have delivered rich content to our clients in many forms - social media, webinars, podcasts, etc. We will begin delivering valuable cybersecurity content to your inbox. Each quarter we will share cybersecurity insights from our team. This may include anything from current cybersecurity related events happening globally, down to tips and tricks that you can utilize to protect your data.

Today we will cover:

We remain committed to supporting your mission. If there is anything that we can do to further assist, please do not hesitate to contact me or a member of our team. Thank you for your continued business and your trust.

- Pete Morin, CISO

Staying Aware 👀

Have you ever heard of the term Mitre Attack (MITRE ATT&CK)?

It is commonly mistaken for a type of cyber security attack. MITRE ATT&CK is actually a knowledge base created for collecting tactics, techniques, and procedures utilized by threat actors during cyber-attacks. Earlier this year a team of cybersecurity professionals from ConnectWise utilized this data to identify the most common techniques utilized to compromise information systems. The top two methods utilized by threat actors in 2021 were Phishing and valid accounts.

The two go hand-in-hand, account information is often acquired during a successful Phishing campaign. Either way, what is clear is that personnel is the first line of defense in protecting company data. Do not allow yourself or a member of your staff to be exploited, inadvertently giving away the keys to the system. Begin by implementing a security awareness training program within your organizations. Review these programs regularly, don’t set it, and forget it. Ensure that they continue to meet the needs of your organization.

🤔 Password Protocol

“Have you heard that Microsoft recently advised against password changes?”

Frequently changing passwords may lead to easily cracked passwords due to making minor modifications to passwords that have been utilized for decades. We are not suggesting to end the practice of regularly changing password. Many organizations are required to implement this practice to meet regulatory and compliance requirements. We are recommending that complex password policies are enforced and MFA (Multifactor Authentication) is implemented as an additional level of protection. If an account has been compromised by a threat actor, MFA may be the last level of defense capable of disrupting the attack.

Come One, Come All! 📣

Peter will be part of an expert panel discussing all things cybersecurity as a part of MassMEP’s Manufacturing Your Future i4.0 event at Polar Park in Worcester. Coming up soon on May 20th, it will be a fun day for Manufacturers across Massachusetts to network, learn and explore growth opportunities. Oh, and it’s FREE—Register today!

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