Dangers of Phishing

By David Ashamalla, Director of Security Operations What is Phishing? Phishing (pronounced: “Fishing”) is the art of sending emails under a false name (misrepresenting the actual sender) in order to trick an end user into voluntarily giving up personal information, running a program, or granting access to funds.  These attacks are frequent, and take advantage... Read more »

Combining Cultures

By Russ Levanway, President We recently held Food Truck Friday here at CIO Central (as we call our San Luis Obispo office), a tradition that began a while back when we identified the need for more face-time with our clients. Nearly always, our technicians communicate with clients over the phone rather than face-to-face, so putting a... Read more »

Employee Spotlight- Debi Lewis

  Title vCIO Name Debi Lewis Working for CIO for 2 years       About Debi: Where did you grow up? South San Jose Hills, Los Angeles Which location do you work at? Santa Barbara When did you move to this location Lived in SB for the past 20 years What do you like... Read more »

What is Two Factor Authentication?

By David Ashamalla, Director of Security Operations Most everyone is familiar with using a username and password to sign in to services online. This typical sign in method is known as “single sign on”. The security with this is moderate since there is only one requirement you must satisfy to be given access. Two factor... Read more »

The Benefit of the Doubt

  By Russ Levanway, President I recently read a story in the local newspaper in which a claim was filed for wrongful termination by someone who worked at my daughters’ school. The news sure did not look good for the school: bad press, bad publicity. My initial reaction, though, wasn’t to assume the claim was true;... Read more »

Employee Spotlight- David Ashamalla

Title Director of Security Name David Mounir Ashamalla Working for CIO since October 2008       About David: Where did you grow up? Born and Raised in Santa Barbara Family history? My Father grew up in Cairo Egypt, and my mother is from Lima, Ohio. Which location do you work at? Santa Barbara When... Read more »

Client Spotlight- Competitive Edge Media and Marketing

Name Suzy da Silva Position CEO Company Competitive Edge Media and Marketing   Year Founded: 2001 Industry?   Advertising What does your company do/What service does your company offer? Media Placement and Marketing What is your company's mission? To be an extension of your marketing department What you like best about working with CIO as... Read more »

CIO Solutions Receives SOC 2 Type II Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CIO Solutions Receives SOC 2 Type II Report Independent Audit Verifies CIO Solutions’ Internal Controls and Processes   Santa Barbara, CA – April 2018 – KirkpatrickPrice announced today that CIO Solutions, a leader in providing IT and network solutions, has received both their SOC 2 Type II report. The completion of this... Read more »

Employee Spotlight- Brian Menge

  Title Director of Service Delivery (San Luis Obispo and Fresno) Name Brian Menge Working for CIO (started with TekTegrity) since July 2012       About Brian: Where did you grow up? Angels Camp and Modesto, CA Which location do you work at? Fresno When did you move to this location 2003 What do... Read more »

Client Spotlight- Santa Barbara Humane Society

Name Kerri Burns Position Executive Director Company Santa Barbara Humane Society   Year Founded: 1887 Industry? Non Profit Animal Welfare What does your company do/What service does your company offer? The Society serves the community with a shelter, animal adoption services, a spay/neuter and vaccination clinic, humane education center, boarding kennels, and emergency response services. See... Read more »