C&J Energy

With Alert Logic’s solutions, we are able to offload time-intensive tasks without compromising the security of our sensitive information. That has been invaluable to us as an IT team in a rapidly expanding environment.

Bill McCown, the Director of IT

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Extending Security Beyond IPO
Achieving Sarbanes Oxley Compliance

C&J Energy, a Houston-based oilfield services firm, has experienced a major growth spurt over the last year and a half. Since the beginning of 2011, the company has grown from approximately 400 employees to over 1,850, and continues to add about 100 employees per month.

The Challenge

At the time of C&J Energy’s IPO, the company’s IT infrastructure was 100 percent outsourced to a managed service provider (MSP). But given its explosive growth and near-term plans to continue doing so, coupled with the necessity of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance, the company decided to build an internal IT team, starting with the hire of Bill McCown as the Director of IT.

As McCown quickly discovered upon his arrival, the effectiveness of the company’s current solution was deteriorating as rapidly as the company was growing—the high cost of the solution was matched by a slippage in service and a complete disconnect between the business and its IT functionality. The negative impact of the IT infrastructure was also apparent to C&J Energy’s employees, approximately 85 percent of whom noted a poor view of the IT organization when polled.

Ultimately it was determined that in order to efficiently and effectively work towards SOX compliance while simultaneously addressing employee needs at a satisfactory level, C&J Energy would need to implement a combination of in-house and outsourced functionality, with user satisfaction leading the in-house responsibilities, and security and compliance leading the outside vendor functions.


With Alert Logic’s solutions, we are able to offload time-intensive tasks without compromising the security of our sensitive information. That has been invaluable to us as an IT team in a rapidly expanding environment.

Bill McCown, the Director of IT

Why Alert Logic?

With the objective of quick and successful implementation, C&J Energy selected Alert Logic’s Log Manager with LogReview and Threat Manager with ActiveWatch solutions to assist with achieving SOX compliance around several key controls and secure its sensitive information.

McCown viewed Alert Logic’s offerings as the preferred solution for his time-sensitive challenge: achieving compliance quickly, without compromising protected information and spending unnecessary time and energy on installation and implementation.

The Results

“Implementation was so easy that we were able to start generating evidence for a significant number of our key IT controls around SOX compliance within three months,” said McCown. “It would have been very difficult, if not impossible, to meet that goal without Alert Logic.” Since its compliance goals are on track to being met, the IT team has been able to work almost exclusively on internal operations, gaining a positive reputation amongst its employee base. “It is important to focus on security, but it is impossible for us to handle it entirely in-house while still seeing to other needs,” said McCown. “With Alert Logic’s solutions, we are able to offload time-intensive tasks without compromising the security of our sensitive information. That has been invaluable to us as an IT team in a rapidly expanding environment.”