Behind the Screens- Meet Fernando Rivera

Let’s introduce you to Fernando Rivera, who has been an integral part of the team at CIO Solutions for 16 years. Fernando works out of our Costa Rica office, where he leads a team of talented and dedicated IT professionals while also performing his duties as a security solutions engineer.

Fernando lives between two of the nicest provinces in Costa Rica, Alajuela and Heredia, where he spends time with his girlfriend and his dog and enjoying the coolest sunsets. He is a fan of TV shows and series, playing video games, and taking care of his fish tanks (a self-proclaimed obsession). He started with a small tank (10 gallons) and has since moved up to a whopping 100-gallon one! Fernando’s love of nature doesn’t stop at his fish tank- he’s a nature fanatic and loves animal photography. It’s an advantage that his girlfriend owns a travel agency! He invites all to visit Costa Rica and experience the beautiful nature and diverse animals.

In his role as a security solutions engineer and Costa Rica team lead, Fernando has a lot of responsibilities. He and his team help protect our clients’ data and systems from cyber threats through cybersecurity solutions, patch management, and antivirus solutions. As a team lead, he guides, instructs, and directs his team in delivering the highest-quality service possible. Fernando recognizes the fundamental importance of embracing growth and keeping an eye on the changes in the technological world to keep our clients safe and happy. Over the years, he has earned several certifications and credentials, such as CompTIA A+, Network +, CrowdStrike Falcon Platform Technical Fundamentals, Sophos Certified Engineer, Webroot Endpoint Technical Certification, Windows 10 Technical Fundamentals, Watchguard Firmware Essential Certification, and Web Designer University.

Read on to learn more about Fernando!


What has been your proudest moment at CIO?

When I had the opportunity to visit and meet my coworkers in San Luis Obispo.


How would your family or friends describe you in three words?

Smart, trustworthy, and helpful


Who is your hero? Why?

I don’t have one hero. I have heroes: My family


What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard?

Whatever you can do, give your 100%


If you could go back to any moment in time, when would it be?

College, because at my college we got the opportunity to work in a company to get a better understanding of what life really looks like for someone in that job. I got all my best knowledge during college.


If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Digital animation for movie projects


If you could have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?

Water, I think is the most valuable natural thing we have and we need it in everything


What’s something you’re planning on doing in the next year that you’ve never done?

I am planning to visit one of the seven wonders of the world (Machupichu – Perú)


If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Eldritch Magic used by Masters of the Mystical Arts (Dr. Stephen Vincent Strange – Marvel Comics)


What could you give a 30-minute presentation on without any advance preparation?

How to maintain a fish tank with good conditions



Bonus: What 3 words would you use to describe CIO Solutions?

Leadership, Innovative, Competitive


We are proud of our team of skilled and friendly individuals. It’s a unique group of collaborators and innovators who share a common “can-do” mentality paired with a fondness for gifs and puns. 

Looking for opportunities to join our team? Visit our Careers page to see all open positions in our Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Fresno offices!