Press release: “Hackers, teddy bears and candy”


CIAN,’s sister company, and Peoria Chiefs team up for the first ever Chiefs candy drop and bear give away

What do hackers (ethical ones), teddy bears and candy have in common? CIAN, Inc., a nationally recognized IT security firm based in Peoria, is teaming up with the Peoria Chiefs for some kid friendly events this weekend.

“CIAN is pleased to team up with the Peoria Chiefs for the first ever Peoria Chiefs Candy Drop and the Build A Bear giveaway,” said Steve Hope, owner and CEO of CIAN and “While it is true we spend much of our time working with our business and government clients to proactively prevent cyber security threats, we do have as softer side. We feel it is important to give back to the community. Not only will young Chiefs fans have an opportunity to collect the bears and candy at the game but bears will also be delivered to the Children’s hospital at OSF as well.”

The events occur this Sunday, June 24 at 2:00. The first 1000 kids 10 and under at the game will get a Peoria Chiefs Build A Bear. The furry bear will feature a t-shirt with a Chiefs logo on the front and a CIAN logo on the back.
The candy itself will be dropped from a helicopter after the game and kids 12 and under can go onto the field and collect candy with bags provided by CIAN and Kids will be placed in groups based on age and given a bag to collect as much candy as they can before it is all gone.

Tickets for the game can be obtained by calling the Chiefs’ box office at 680-4008.
About CIAN CIAN was founded on the East Coast in 1990 by a retired Navy cryptologist. He has 40 years of intelligence and national security experience. The company was originally established to install and maintain computer networks, but quickly progressed to become a recognized leader in migrating important information from legacy software and equipment onto state-of-the-art high technology systems. CIAN is the only Peoria area provider focused exclusively on creating customized network appliances to address client security concerns, remotely monitoring, analyzing, and securing government and commercial networks and customer information. CIAN, a CISCO, Symantec, and Microsoft Gold Certified partner has had a Peoria location for over five years.

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