Cuesta College’s students, faculty and staff will be better protected from hackers due to a donation from a new business partner, San Luis Obispo-based software company MINDBODY.  Recently, the company donated two enterprise-grade firewalls (make/model WatchGuard 2050) that will help to protect the Cuesta College network from security threats like viruses, spam, and malicious attacks.  According to Cuesta College’s Computer Services Supervisor Jay Chalfant, the donated equipment is top of the line and has five times the performance of the three year-old firewalls they will replace.

“MINDBODY is proud to become a Cuesta College business partner,” said MINDBODY’s Director of Information Technology Operations and Cuesta College alum Jeff Darnton.  “Cuesta College’s educational and training programs prepare prospective employees with the hands-on technical skills that employers like MINDBODY are looking for. San Luis Obispo County continues to foster a growing number of technology-based businesses and these types of programs are beneficial to the entire community.”

The Cuesta College Foundation Business Partners program, established in 1995, promotes communications between Cuesta College and the San Luis Obispo County business community, enabling the college to better serve the educational and training needs of local employers and employees. 

“We are very grateful to have received this highly specialized gift from MINDBODY; partnerships like these lead to a better-trained workforce, strengthening both organizations,” said Cuesta College Foundation Executive Director Shannon Hill.  “MINDBODY is responding to a great technological need in the community and our goal is to support them and our many business partners in their missions.”

For more information on how to become a Cuesta College business partner, please call (805) 546-3279.

MINDBODY has led the health and wellness industry in software development since its founding in 2001. For more information, please visit

Lauren Milbourne / / (805) 546-3108 / Posted: 7/30/13