CIO Solutions
September 2012- Issue 30  
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Check with the Tech: Purchasing a New Printer
CIO Event: 2nd Annual Beer Brewing Competition
Fiesta Party Winner: OSI Hardware!
CIO Video - Who We Are
CIO In the News - CIO and Alert Logic Partner
Apps of the Month: AAA and Red Cross
Feature Article: Interview with Ben from Bristol
Employee Spotlight: Emily Guthorn
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Monday, September 3rd - Labor Day    


(CIO will be Closed)    


To receive emergency support please call 805-692-6709 and select option 3 - (emergency rates will apply




 Sept 9th - Grandparent's Day    




Sept 21st - International Day of Peace




Sept 22nd - Fall Equinox 



Company Culture -Our Secret Sauce

Dear ,  


We were so excited when one of our employees offered to create a video about CIO. We have received good feedback from some of our clients so we thought we would share it with you.

It is clear that after making this video we now know what makes CIO so fantastic, it's the people. Our dedicated, loyal, fun-loving employees make CIO what it is and we are forever grateful to the their hard work and commitment.  


From our back patio BBQ's to Chili Cook-Offs and Nerf wars, we definitely know how to make our work environment a place that we want to be instead of a place we have to be. We truly believe that this attitude is communicated through our interactions with clients and that providing a fun environment improves both employee satisfaction and customer service alike. 


We hope you enjoy the CIO: Who We Are video (see further down in the newsletter) and keep up the good work everyone!   

John Petote
CEO, CIO Solutions


Check with the Tech: Finding the Right Printer
Check with the Tech
Q: There are so many printer options, how do I know I am choosing the right one for my office?

When the time comes to replace your printer, your first instinct might be to head to Costco or a local office supply store and wander the aisles of shiny new printers.  Each of them will have a list of exciting features that seem like you cannot live with out them and how did you ever function before.

It is only hours later that you realize the printer you just bought isn't going to connect to your office network and doesn't have the same scanning ability you are used to. Too often, products sold at Costco or office supply stores are designed for single-person or home-use.  Now, not only will you have to stand in line to return your purchase, you're back where you started.


When you are faced with replacing an old printer or adding new hardware to your office network, CIO is ready to help you choose the best hardware for your needs.  We have extensive knowledge of your network and the requirements you need to look for. We can also assist in navigating the jungle of consumer and professional products to find the solution that works best for your needs, both now and into the future.

Robb Carroll 


CIO's 2nd Annual Brew-Off Competition!

CIO Solutions' Second Annual Beer Brewing Competition!

Back by popular demand, CIO will be holding their second Beer Brewing Competition.

When: Thursday, October 25th - 5:30
Who: You and a Guest
Where: CIO

An invite will also be emailed out to all clients. Please spread the word to your co-workers!

Here are the current CIO Brew Teams:

Goodland Brewers

Members:: Eric Engmyr (Brewmeister), Hannah Rich, Michael Biancone, Lia Moniz, and Burt Ribet.


The team formerly known as Quad Win

Members: Dana Clark (Brewmeister), Eric Egolf, Emily Guthorn, Richard Clark, Ryan Popke.


Team Craiggles

Members: Craig McClellan (Brewmeister), Brian Donovan, Luke Daleki, Nick Picon, Hass Sadighi


Backroom Brewers

Members: Chase Christian (Brewmeister), Jeff Ford, Rich Beckett, Nick Marshall, Jason Coltrin


Hope to see you there!! 


CIO Fiesta Party Winner - OSI Hardware!!

Congratulations to OSI Hardware for taking the 2012 CIO Fiesta Party Award!

See below for pictures of the prize winning party: 





Keep an eye out for Zorro next year and your company could win! 


CIO Video - Who We Are  

CIO Solutions - Who We Are
CIO Solutions - Who We Are

CIO In the News


Read All About It!Alert Logic Partners with CIO Solutions to Deliver Web Application Security


CIO Solutions to add Alert Logic solutions to its line of Managed Security Services


HOUSTON - August 15, 2012 - Alert Logic, a leader in delivering on-demand Security-as-a-Service, announced that CIO Solutions will integrate Alert Logic's Web Security Manager into its current suite of managed security services.


CIO Solutions will be able to provide enterprise customers with fully managed protection from web application attacks. Web Security Manager analyzes incoming traffic and protects applications from dangers such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting. With a powerful intuitive learning engine, Web Security Manager analyzes web traffic and develops new security policies to provide stronger protection. In addition, Web Security Manager provides customers with immediate PCI DSS requirement 6.6 compliance.


Eric Egolf, President of CIO Solutions, sees incredible value in partnering with Alert Logic, "Increasing our portfolio of Security Platforms with partnerships like Alert Logic will continue to allow us to be at the leading edge of Network Security in the Tri-Counties region."


Web application attacks have become one of the most prevalent IT security threats. Alert Logic's Spring 2012 State of Cloud Security Report found that seven out of ten customers had experienced web application attacks, on average 40 times per year. These attacks are behind many high profile breaches of sensitive data.


Alert Logic's Security-as-a-Service provides CIO Solutions and its enterprise customers four distinct advantages: a market leading web application firewall, a fully managed SaaS delivery model, integrated 24x7 Security Operations Center (SOC) services to monitor and provide expert guidance, and it is deployable anywhere a customer has IT infrastructure - including the cloud.


"At Alert Logic, we understand service providers, and our Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and managed services were built from the ground up to seamlessly integrate into partner environments and delivery models," said Gray Hall, president and CEO of Alert Logic. "This partnership allows Alert Logic to focus on protecting enterprise networks while CIO Solutions focuses on providing customers uninterrupted access to the IT systems they need in order to do business."


CIO Solutions has been providing IT management and design services to the Tri-County Area since 1986. CIO specializes in helping businesses focus on their core business by designing and managing their IT department. In addition to managing IT networks, CIO also provides consultation on Private Cloud Services, Enterprise Storage, Virtualization, VoIP Phone Systems and other solutions. More information can be found at or by calling their office 805-692-6700.  


Alert Logic simplifies IT security and compliance management by delivering an integrated solution consisting of Software-as-a-Service products and 24x7 Security Operations Monitoring services for intrusion detection, vulnerability assessment, web application security and log management. Built from the ground up to address the unique challenges of public and private cloud environments, Alert Logic partners with over half of the largest cloud and hosting service providers to provide Security-as-a-Service for over 1,700 enterprise customers. Alert Logic is based in Houston, TX and was founded in 2002. For more information, please visit


Marketing Contact:

Hannah Rich

CIO Solutions

805-692-6700 ext. 105


Apps of the Month: AAA Roadside Assistance and Red Cross First Aid 

Safety is the name of the game for September. For all those who have college kids going back to school these are great apps that ensure you have the right information available during an emergency.  


AAA app Roadside Assistance App from AAA - Using the location of your phone a roadside assistance request is delivered to a local roadside problem-solving technician for a quick response.  


Provides information on nearby locations of AAA Approved Auto Repair shops, AAA branch offices, discount providers and more.  






red cross The official American Red Cross First Aid app puts expert advice for everyday emergencies in your hand. Get the app and be prepared for what life brings. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it's never been easier to know first aid.




Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday first aid scenarios.  


* Fully integrated with 9-1-1 so you can call EMS from the app at any time.
* Videos and animations make learning first aid fun and easy.
* Safety tips for everything, from severe winter weather to hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes help you prepare for emergencies.
* Preloaded content means you have instant access to all safety information at anytime, even without reception or an Internet connection.
* Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your lifesaving knowledge.







Feature Article: Interview with Ben Farber of Bristol Associates, Inc. 




Cloud Client Profile:  Ben Farber, Vice President - Casino Division at Bristol Associates


Company Profile: Bristol Associates is an executive recruiting firm specializing in gaming, hospitality, direct marketing, tourism, health care and food industries.


Favorite thing about the cloud: "I can use it just about anywhere!  At work, at home and on the road (for personal or business trips).  At the last conference I was at, using the cloud was way easier than having to call in to the office to have people look things up for me."


When he uses the cloud: "At work all day, of course, but I can work from home as needed also - I was just working on something last night on my cloud desktop and when I came in this morning, it was still right on my screen when I came in to work.  It's nice because it's the same desktop at home as at work."


Were you afraid to go to the cloud: "Anywhere you deal with computers, you come to learn that there are always going to be changes to software and equipment.  That's inevitable, but it's the setbacks that are the scary part.  Upgrades are bad enough but having an upgrade with excessive downtime prevents me from doing my work.  Changing over to the cloud was easy - everything was the same.  It was the same software, the same email, everything like I was used to - I could just get to them easier and from more places now.  When I first heard about going to the cloud, it almost sounded too good to be true.  I was skeptical of how reliable it would be but it has been pretty seamless." Ben Farber


Is there anything you don't like about the cloud?: "I'm not able to watch youtube as well in the cloud.  I don't have to go there often, but occasionally I have to see a training video or a client sends me a link.  I just duck out of the cloud to watch it on my desktop."


Anything you would like to add?:  "I would recommend the cloud to others - it's not as scary as some might think. Your team gives great support, so we know we're in good hands."



Employee Spotlight: Emily Guthorn, Remote Engineer


Full name:  Emily Guthorn   


Family Info: My parents live in Huntington Beach and my brother goes to USC  


Where did you grow up: Huntington Beach, CA 


When did you move to SB: June 2012     


What you like best about SB: The festivals and parades. Backyard Bowls is pretty good too     


When did you start working at CIO: June 4, 2012!     


What you like best about working at CIO: Everyone is really nice and always willing to help each other out, even outside of work  


Dreams/aspirations: To visit every country in the world       


What would you do if you won the lottery:  Give some to charity, go on a shopping spree and save the rest for when I figure out what I want to do with it 


Favorite color:  Pink 


Favorite food:  Cookie Dough ice cream 


Favorite book/movie:  Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay / "Elf"    


Motto/quote:  "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." -Michael Jordan


Interesting facts about Emily:  I played volleyball in high school and college and I still play beach on the weekends. I also love cats and dogs and I considered myself pretty good at taking care of animals until I almost killed Richard's fish while he was on vacation.     


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