What Kindergartners Teach Us About Office Politics

By Russ Levanway, President What keeps talented, smart individuals from working well together as a team? This is the question on the minds of our Culture Committee lately as we read The Culture Code, an excellent book by Daniel Coyle that claims to unlock the secrets of highly successful groups. In it, Coyle discusses the work... Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Why Consumer-Grade Doesn’t Cut It

By Russ Levanway, President Late last month, the FBI reported on an attempt by Russian hackers to infect hundreds of thousands of residential routers in at least 54 countries with malware. With residential routers like Linksys and NetGear primarily affected, the FBI recommended that people restart their home router to disrupt the attack. In November last... Read more »

CIO Solutions Brings TekTegrity Onboard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Santa Barbara based firm expands through merger with San Luis Obispo company March 22, 2018 (Santa Barbara, Calif.)— CIO Solutions and TekTegrity have announced the merger of their business operations to offer unsurpassed IT management and consulting services to Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Fresno Counties. The combined company will... Read more »

Foundation versus Fixtures

By Russ Levanway, CEO We’re in the midst of remodeling our 4,500-square foot Fresno office right now, and if you’ve ever remodeled anything, you know it’s a long process. Our staff is temporarily relocated into a really small office in a neighboring building within the same business complex, in addition to some folks who work in… Read more »

Backing Up Your Cloud

By Ruby Nahal, Senior Engineer Pretty much everyone agrees that IAAS and SAAS is the future for IT as more and more traditional infrastructure is being converted into cloud infrastructure, and more and more businesses are choosing SAAS over in house applications. As such, there may be less stress imposed on the backups for infrastructure housed… Read more »