NINJIO was founded by Zack Schuler, an entrepreneur who has been in the technology space for over 20 years. Zack started his first business (Cal Net Technology Group) when he was 21 years old, as a one-man network engineer going from business to business, assisting them with their technology.
Acquiring one client at a time, and one employee at a time, over the next 18 years Zack grew Cal Net to almost 100 employees producing close to $20M in annual revenue. Knowing that there was more in store for Zack, he sold Cal Net in October of 2013 to a Private Equity Firm.
One thing that agitated Zack while still at Cal Net, was no matter how sophisticated the IT security solutions were that his team implemented for his clients, the bad actors still found their way around them, and employees were still vulnerable, thus they still got hacked. Zack thought a lot about how to solve this.
This human vulnerability is what spawned NINJIO and Zack’s purpose to change the landscape of Security Awareness. He took a blank canvas and asked, “If I wanted to be educated on Security Threats, what format would lead to the greatest engagement, and therefore the greatest results?” Drawn out on this blank canvas, he architected the formula for NINJIO. Part of this formula consisted of grabbing the emotional attention of the viewer in the first scene.
Knowing that NINJIO had to be a “Story Based” training solution that would need to engage users close to immediately, Zack thought back to his college friend and fraternity brother, Bill Haynes, who has a combined 71 episodes of writer and producer credits on CSI:NY and Hawaii 5-0. Zack invited Bill to lunch to talk NINJIO. Bill was intrigued at the idea, and was immediately onboard.
The word NINJIO comes from Ninja. Why name our company after a Ninja? Ninja’s have two distinctive traits. First, they are highly disciplined in their craft. Second, Ninja’s are highly aware of the threats around them. What would happen if we turned your employees into IT Security Ninjas? They would become NINJIOS.
Sticking with the Eastern theme, we hired Ben Reynolds, a master of American Anime to take the role of “Anime Master.” Ben is the master of his craft.
We now had the perfect formula of a CEO with a IT security based background, Hollywood story teller, and a professional animator to make for the foundation of a great solution. Time to EXECUTE….. NINJIO grew much faster than anticipated, so it was immediately apparent that we needed an on-boarding team, support team, and a sales team to handle the inbound activity. Done.
NINJIO’S flagship IT security training product gets a name. NINJIO AWARE. In sticking with our position of protecting the end user, it was only natural to develop NINJIO FORCEFIELD, consisting of NINJIO AWARE, NINJIO PHISH, and NINJIO CREDS. NINJIO is also in development of a three Episode series on PCI Compliance. Following that series will be HIPAA Compliance.
We realized, that while most of our Episodes are staged in a corporate environment, the security lessons can be equally applied to someone on their home computer. Knowing that each employee that we deploy NINJIO to probably has a family at home, we created NINJIO “Family Use Rights.” Launched in April 2017, Family Use Rights give a NINJIO user the ability to add up to 5 family members to receive our training content at no additional cost. We figure if we make employees safe at work, why not make their families safe at home?
NINJIO is self-funded and has no reliance on any outside investors.
We believe in organic growth, one client and one employee at a time in a sustainable fashion.
If you’d like more information about NINJIO and our solutions, please call us at 805-864-1999 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org