October Is National Cyber Security Awareness Month
Columbus, Ohio – October 2019 Every October for the last 16 years, NCSA and CISA have sponsored National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to help individuals and businesses become more cyber-aware and vigilant in protecting themselves from cyber threats. As a NCSAM champion, thinkCSC is proud to do our part to encourage all Americans to take proactive steps to enable lasting, positive cybersecurity behavior change at home and at work. Protecting against cyber threats is a critical challenge for organizations of all sizes in both the public and private sectors and serves as a constant reminder of the need to promote cybersecurity awareness across the Nation. Read more.
thinkCSC Welcomes Engineer to the NOC
Columbus, Ohio – August 2019 The thinkCSC family continues to grow as we add a new engineer to the NOC.
thinkCSC is pleased to welcome Frog Fenton to the NOC. As a skilled support engineer, Frog brings great experience to the thinkCSC family. Frog is a graduate of Columbus State Community College with a degree in Computer Science and has worked on enterprise software deployments and systems maintenance.
In his spare time, he enjoys strongman training and spending time with his fiancée.
Tom Hastings Attends Ingram Micro’s Summer Super Regional Trust X Alliance Conference
Chicago, IL – August 2019 Trust X Alliance is comprised of 340+ of the industry’s top IT solution providers—along with Ingram Micro, their distribution partner, and the world’s major technology manufacturers—proven leaders in technology and customer service. “Being a member of the Trust X Alliance allows thinkCSC to be more effective for our clients,” explains Tom Hastings, thinkCSC President. Tom recently attended the Summer Super Regional Trust X Alliance conference in Chicago, where he spent time networking with other top IT professionals and learning about future IT trends and solutions that will benefit thinkCSC clients.
thinkCSC Welcomes New Engineer to the NOC
Columbus, Ohio – June 2019 The thinkCSC family continues to grow as we add a new engineer to the NOC.
Dave Dickens is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he worked in IT, analyzing and assessing security vulnerabilities and implementing solutions. He has a degree in computer science from the University of Maryland and extensive experience working in IT infrastructure and security. In his spare time, Dave enjoys spending time with his family.
thinkCSC Welcomes New vCIO
Columbus, Ohio – June 2019 thinkCSC is pleased to announce the addition of Christopher Walmsley as our new vCIO. Chris is more than just an IT expert; he’s adept at working closely with companies to understand their goals and strategies, helping them identify weak areas in their infrastructure and security to ensure that those gaps are addressed. With more than a decade of experience working with organizations of all sizes and types to ensure compliance, security, and successful transitions, he is truly the C-suite team member your organization needs.
thinkCSC Goes to the Prom
Columbus, Ohio – June 2019 thinkCSC, a proud supporter of Community Properties of Ohio and CPO Impact, had the distinguished honor of attending the 16th annual CPO Senior Prom. Each year, CPO strives to provide the residents of their senior and disabled communities an enjoyable evening of great fun, good food and fellowship through their senior prom event. thinkCSC is a proud sponsor of CPO’s annual senior prom, and Frank Mayer, our Business Development Manager, had the distinguished honor of crowning some of this year’s prom Kings and Queens. Read more.
thinkCSC Welcomes New Business Development Manager
Columbus, Ohio – May 2019 thinkCSC is pleased to welcome Frank Mayer as our new Business Development Manager. Frank is a passionate and client-focused professional who is eager to help leaders of small to mid-sized businesses ensure their data is secure, backed up, and available. Frank is energized about connecting the underserved SMB community with thinkCSC to raise their operating maturity level and utilize technology in a way that creates a competitive advantage and makes technology an asset to be maximized rather than an expense to be minimized. In his personal time, Frank enjoys the outdoors and stays active with his son, Aiden. Frank, Aiden, and their French bulldog Max live in Westerville, where Frank is an active Rotarian with the Sunrise Rotary Club.
Ohio Named Top Ten State for Business
Columbus, Ohio – May 2019 Ohio remained on the top ten list of best states for business in the 2019 Best and Worst States rankings. Ohio moved up from the No. 10 spot last year to No. 9. Rankings are based a survey of CEOs by Chief Executive. Texas held onto the No. 1 spot again this year, and Florida was again No. 2. Indiana remained No. 5. At least Tennessee leapt up to No. 3 while North Carolina dipped one spot, to No. 4. Read more.
thinkCSC Names Mike Jenkins 2018 Chuck of the Year
Columbus, Ohio – January 2019 – We are pleased to congratulate Mike Jenkins as thinkCSC’s 208 Chuck of the Year. The award is earned by the thinkCSC family member who best exemplifies and consistently upholds Chuck’s character and personality. Mike is an NOC Engineer in our Network Operation Center and also a member of our Datacenter Team. He has been with thinkCSC for almost 6 years. This is his 2nd time winning Chuck of Year.
Previous winners of the Chuck of the Year award include Debbie Long (2017), Craig Carrigan (2016), Tony Capalino (2015), Mike Jenkins (2014), and John Larger (2013).
Read more about how thinkCSC developed the Chuck of the Year award.
Columbus Named Top Place to Visit, Eat
Columbus, Ohio – January 2019 – We look forward to welcoming you to the Columbus region this year. Columbus has always been a great place to visit, but this year, The New York Times has listed Columbus as one of the top 52 places to visit in 2019. And you definitely won’t go hungry while you’re here – Food & Wine has named Columbus one of the top 32 places to eat.
thinkCSC Participates in Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Columbus, Ohio – October 2018 – This October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is commemorating its 15th year as an annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. NCSAM 2018 is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online, while increasing the resiliency of the Nation during cyber-threats. thinkCSC is proud to partner with NCSAM to bring awareness to organizations and individuals to improve cybersecurity. Learn more about Cybersecurity Awareness Month and what you can do here.
Columbus Named the #1 City for Startups
Columbus, Ohio – October 2018 – Columbus scored high for its college presence, low cost of living and doing business, increase in venture capital deals and the high number of funds making investments that have been launched since 2013. “Columbus has created meaningful partnerships between accelerators, government, corporate incumbents and startups. The benefits are real today, and go beyond the marketing hype many cities claim when they say they are startup friendly.” Read more.
Ohio Passes Data Protection Act, Providing Safe Harbor to Organizations that Experience a Data Breach
thinkCSC announces new services to support businesses achieving safe harbor under Ohio’s Data Protection Act
Columbus, Ohio – August 2018 – Senate Bill 220, now known as the Ohio Data Protection Act, was recently signed into law. This bill represents a significant opportunity for every organization of every size to limit liability in the event of a data breach. To meet the requirements for safe harbor, the organization must demonstrate compliance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework. The NIST Cybersecurity Framework is a voluntary framework that provides organizations with standards, guidelines, and best practices to better manage cybersecurity-related risk. The Ohio Data Protection Act was enacted in order to provide protection to Ohio organizations who invest in mitigating cybersecurity risks. Read more.
Columbus Is the Top City to Work in Tech
Columbus, Ohio – August 2018 – SmartAsset’s fifth annual study of the best cities to work in tech looks at five different factors to rank the best cities to work in tech in America. Analyzing data for 190 cities and comparing them across metrics like average salary, average cost of living, tech employment concentration, unemployment rate and ratio of average pay-to-tech pay, Columbus earned the top spot. Read more.
thinkCSC Announces Security Operations Center-as-a-Service in Partnership with Arctic Wolf
AWN CyberSOC™ Service Gives thinkCSC Customers Industry-Leading Managed Threat Detection and Response Services to Tackle the Increasing Dangers of Advanced Cyberattacks
Columbus, Ohio – July 2018 – thinkCSC, Columbus’s premier Managed IT provider, has teamed with Arctic Wolf, a leading security operations center (SOC)-as-a-service company, to provide threat detection and response capabilities to protect against today’s advanced cyberattacks. AWN CyberSOC service provides an enterprise-class security operations center, the most essential element of any modern cybersecurity strategy. The service includes the expertise of experienced security engineers who manage all security matters using the full spectrum of advanced defense mechanisms for prevention, detection and response. Read more.
thinkCSC Announces Partnership with ID Agent for Dark Web Monitoring
thinkCSC Now Offers Monitoring and Alerting of Stolen Digital Credentials on the Dark Web
Columbus, OH –April 2018 – thinkCSC is pleased to announce the availability of Dark Web monitoring services provided through a strategic partnership with ID Agent, provider of Dark Web monitoring and identity theft protection solutions. With Dark Web ID, thinkCSC can now offer 24/7 monitoring of millions of sources, including botnets, criminal chat rooms, peer-to-peer networks, malicious websites, bulletin boards, and illegal black-market sites, to alert you of stolen or compromised data. Read more.
thinkCSC Names Debbie Long 2017 Chuck of the Year
Columbus, Ohio – January 2018 – We are pleased to congratulate Debbie Long as thinkCSC’s 2017 Chuck of the Year. The award is earned by the thinkCSC family member who best exemplifies and consistently upholds Chuck’s character and personality. Congratulations, Debbie, and thank you for so adeptly representing our company culture and values.
Previous winners of the Chuck of the Year award include Craig Carrigan (2016), Tony Capalino (2015), Mike Jenkins (2014), and John Larger (2013).
Read more about how thinkCSC developed the Chuck of the Year award.
thinkCSC Partners with KnowBe4 to Deliver Security Training
thinkCSC and KnowBe4 partner to strengthen employee security knowledge and training
Columbus, OH – September 2017 – thinkCSC, the leading provider of information security solutions in Columbus, has chosen KnowBe4 Inc. as a partner to deliver its best-in-class security awareness training and simulated phishing. thinkCSC’s partnership with KnowBe4 is designed to provide thinkCSC clients opportunities to strengthen their first line of defense: their own employees. KnowB4 has the world’s largest library of security awareness training content. The partnership with KnowBe4 complements thinkCSC’s existing efforts to improve awareness. Read more.
Columbus Ranks No. 4 for Happiest Workers
Columbus, Ohio – January 2017. Every city and state would love to claim that it’s a great place to work. But without real data and trustworthy feedback from actual employees, there’s no way to know which places are just marketing themselves—and which are legitimate oases of happy workers. kununu analyzed the data to discover where the happiest workers are. Read more.
thinkCSC Names Craig Carrigan 2016 Chuck of the Year
Columbus, Ohio – December 2016. Each year, thinkCSC employees anonymously nominate one of their peers for “Chuck of the Year.” During our annual thinkCSC party, thinkCSC President Tom Hastings reads each nomination aloud. This is a great exercise in which each of us gets to hear what others think about a specific co-worker. Most nominations tend to be humorous, or at least that’s the author’s intent, which tests Tom’s comedic timing, as writing and delivering humor are two entirely different skills. The award is earned by the thinkCSC family member who best exemplifies and consistently upholds Chuck’s character and personality. We are pleased to congratulate Craig Carrigan as thinkCSC’s 2016 Chuck of the Year. Congratulations, Craig, and thank you for so adeptly representing our company culture and values.
Previous winners of the Chuck of the Year award include Tony Capalino (2015), Mike Jenkins (2014), and John Larger (2013).
Read more about how thinkCSC developed the Chuck of the Year award.
Columbus one of 10 rising U.S. cities where home ownership is affordable
Columbus, Ohio – December 2016. Curbed has named Columbus, Ohio as one of 10 cities where homeownership is affordable. Citing the city’s tech scene and our recent Smart City Challenge win, Columbus makes the list with a median home price of $189,900. Read more.
Columbus ranked No. 5 large college city in America
Columbus, Ohio – December 2016. WalletHub has included Columbus in their 2016’s Best College Towns & Cities in America list. Columbus comes in No. 5 in the “large city” based on 26 key indicators of academic, social and economic opportunities for students. Read more.
Columbus No. 6, Best Cities for Conferences 2016
Columbus, Ohio – November 2016. Hosting a successful conference starts with choosing the right venue. But in order to decide where to hold your event, you’ll need to consider several factors. Will there be enough hotels available to accommodate your guests? Will the venue be close to local restaurants and bars? To answer these questions, SmartAsset ranked the best cities in America to host conferences. Read more.
Ohio Makes List of “Best States to Do Business”
Columbus, Ohio – November 2016. Ohio has moved up the Best States rankings in five straight years from a low of 38 in 2011 to No. 11 this year. Credit lower business costs and a dramatically improved economy. Five-year economic growth was second worst in the U.S. in 2011 and now is ninth best. Ohio ranks No. 1 in Forbes quality of life metric thanks to low living costs, short commutes and a plethora of top-rate colleges and cultural and recreational opportunities. Read more.
thinkCSC Welcomes New Business Development Manager
We are proud to announce the addition of Debbie Long to the thinkCSC family as thinkCSC’s Business Development Manager. Debbie is a central Ohio native who has spent the past 18 years working in sales, service delivery and leadership roles at several local information technology firms. Debbie joined thinkCSC on September 19. Her favorite part of her job is introducing new clients to the thinkCSC family. Debbie and her husband live in New Albany and have four sons. In her spare time, Debbie enjoys reading, attending her husband’s rock band performances and cooking.
Columbus Wins Smart City Challenge
Columbus, Ohio – July 2016. Columbus will be the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City. The city beat out six other finalists for the competition to receive $50 million in grant funding from the federal government and Vulcan Inc. to develop Columbus into the nation’s proving ground for intelligent transportation systems. Read more.
Columbus Region Ranks No. 5 Metro Area by Site Selection Magazine
Columbus, Ohio – March 2016. Moving up two spots from its ranking last year, the Columbus Region took the No. 5 spot on Site Selection magazine’s ‘Top 10 Metro Areas’ list, boasting 108 new and expanded facilities in 2015. The Region has been in Site Selection’s ‘Top 10 Metros’ list four years in a row, climbing in the rankings with each year. In years 2012, 2013 and 2014 the Columbus Region ranked No. 10, No. 8 and No. 7 respectively. Read more.
CPO Opens Vanburen Shelter
Columbus, Ohio – January 2016. As longtime supporters of CPO, we are honored to have played a small part in helping CPO open the Vanburen shelter and applaud them for their hard work in protecting the most vulnerable in our community.
“I know it seemed like unorganized chaos, as IT jobs usually go, but because of your hard work in the last couple of days 11 homeless people are off the streets tonight and in their new warm homes with 89 more to follow. I appreciate it as does the rest of our team. Thank you for all the work!” – Rod Suman, Community Properties Ohio IT Manager.
Learn more about their efforts.
thinkCSC Recognized for Outstanding Service
Columbus, Ohio – December 2015. thinkCSC is proud to announce our selection for the 2015 Outstanding Service Award by Columbus Business First. Read more.
thinkCSC Redesigns NOC
Columbus, Ohio – November 2015. thinkCSC has completed a redesign of their Network Operations Center (NOC), making room for nine additional engineers. Read more.
Columbus Ranks High for Millennials
thinkCSC Announces New Partnership with EMC
Columbus, Ohio – October 2015. thinkCSC is proud to announce a partnership with EMC. thinkCSC is now authorized to sell and support EMC’s VNXe line of SANs. Learn about thinkCSC Partners here.
Columbus Named One of the “Top 7 Intelligent Communities of 2015”
Columbus, Ohio – March 2015. Columbus has been named a “Top 7 Intelligent Community” for 2015. The selection of the Top7 Intelligent Cities is a 10-month process that begins with nominations of cities around the world. This year’s theme was “The Revolutionary Community.” Read more.
Windows Server 2003 Nears End of Life
Columbus, Ohio – January 2015. Support for Windows Server 2003 will end July 2015. thinkCSC is providing support to help businesses transition to new servers. Read more.
Columbus Chamber of Commerce Features thinkCSC in Member Spotlight
Columbus, Ohio – June 2014. Tom Hastings talks to the Columbus Chamber of Commerce about thinkCSC’s efforts to help clients exceed their goals by making wise and customized IT decisions in the most economical way. Read more.
thinkCSC Adds Microsoft Lync to Collaboration Offerings
Columbus, Ohio – May 2014. Lync 2013 is now available to those that are using CSCloud Hosting Services. CSCloud Hosted subscribers who have agreed to use Lync services will have full access to Lync 2013 for Windows or Lync 2011 for Mac. Read more.
thinkCSC Partners with Nimble Storage
Columbus, Ohio – January 2014. thinkCSC has partnered with one of the most successful pioneering storage companies: Nimble Storage. Nimble has developed a unique way of optimizing the best of both disk and flash storage options into a simple, easy-to-use storage solution, creating a “Hybrid Storage” technology that we believe will provide a significant advantage to our clients. Read more.
thinkCSC Partners with Anchor
Columbus, Ohio – August 2013. thinkCSC has partnered with Anchor to provide SyncedTool to ensure clients have the highest protection against security risks inside and outside of the company. Read more.
Tom Hastings Featured in Columbus CEO Magazine
COLUMBUS, Ohio (09/23/2013) – Tom Hastings, thinkCSC’s CEO, is featured in October’s Columbus CEO Magazine, talking about how thinkCSC is turning the traditional IT services business model on its head. The full article is available in the October 2013 issue. You can subscribe to the magazine here.
thinkCSC Recognized as Best Information Technology Consultant Company
Columbus C.E.O. Best of BusinessCOLUMBUS, Ohio (10/12/12) – Computer Site Columbus (thinkCSC) has been voted Best Information Technology Consultant by readers of Columbus C.E.O. The magazine polled its readers to determine leading Columbus businesses in more than 75 categories. The results are published in Columbus C.E.O.’s November 2012 issue in the “Best of Business” section.
thinkCSC Appointed to Ingram Micro’s Venture Tech Network Council
Innovative Solution Provider Joins Leading Technology Distributor’s North American Community Advisory Board
Las Vegas, NV (01/11/2011) — thinkCSC, a Columbus based technology solution provider and a member of Ingram Micro’s VentureTech Network™ (VTN), has been appointed to Ingram Micro’s 2011 North American VTN Advisory Board.
Tom Hastings Elected Chairman of EO Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio (01/04/2010) – thinkCSC President and Co-founder, Tom Hastings, has been elected to the position of Chairman for the Columbus Chapter of EO (Entrepreneurs’ Organization). As the thought leader on entrepreneurship, EO supports successful entrepreneurs across the globe, with more than 120 chapters in 41 countries.
thinkCSC Honored by TechColumbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio (11/17/2009) – thinkCSC has recently been honored with a nomination for the 2009 TechColumbus Innovation Award in the category of Outstanding Technology Team. Tom Hastings, thinkCSC President and Co-founder states, “TechColumbus is a leader of business development and economic growth for Central Ohio. For thinkCSC to be acknowledged by this well-regarded organization is humbling.”
thinkCSC Recognized with Community Philanthropist Award
COLUMBUS, Ohio (05/15/2009) – thinkCSC’s President and Co-founder, Tom Hastings, has recently been honored as a recipient of the Columbus Chamber’s inaugural Community Philanthropist Award. Recognized for his seven years of assistance with many of the Chamber’s initiatives, Hastings has given his time and energy in several positions with the Chamber’s Small Business Council (SBC).
thinkCSC Awarded The Small Business of The Year by The Worthington Chamber of Commerce
Worthington, Ohio (05/15/2008) – thinkCSC has been awarded The Worthington Area Chamber’s Small Business of The Year. Initiated in 1987, the Chamber’s Small Business Person of the Year Award Program is one of the ways the organization demonstrates its support for small businesses and recognizes those who are succeeding, have shown growth and are involved in the betterment of the Worthington community.
thinkCSC Appointed to the Columbus Chamber Board or Directors
COLUMBUS, Ohio (03/12/2007) – thinkCSC has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
Tom Hastings, thinkCSC’s President and Co-founder, states, “thinkCSC is proud to have been appointed to the Columbus Chamber’s Board of Directors. We are eager to help The Chamber fulfill its mission to make Columbus the greatest city in the U.S. to both start and grow a business.”