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May 222018

#ArmorU | A Cybersecurity Poll Series

| VP Product & Corporate Marketing

Last year, we launched our first annual #ArmorU poll series to learn more about what businesses know and think regarding cloud data storage and cybersecurity in the cloud.  From June to September, we posted a different targeted question each week on Twitter– and the participation rate far exceeded our expectations.  By the end of the […]

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David Puzas

VP Product & Corporate Marketing

David Puzas is the VP Product & Corporate Marketing at Armor. David is an innovative cybersecurity, cloud and IT services marketer and business leader with over 20+ years of experience. He's previously been charged with building client value and innovative outcomes for companies, such as Dell SecureWorks and IBM clients world-wide.

May 172018

On Cloud Nine: Three Ways Cloud Improves Business

| Product Owner

“Work smarter, not harder” – that’s the saying, right? Executives are constantly seeking new marketplace advantages over competitors to put themselves one step ahead. Whether it be the latest and greatest in innovation, offering improved customer service or simply streamlining logistics for better efficiency, there’s always something to make a company stronger. However, gaining a […]

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Ryan Smith

Product Owner

With 10 years experience, Ryan Smith serves as a Product Owner at Armor, assisting in bringing world-class cloud security to the AWS ecosystem. In previous roles, he served as the Director of Product for SandBox Commerce, Marketing and Sales Manager/MuvData Product Manager for The New Office, Inc., Management Consultant and Content Marketing Strategist for Twin Engine Labs, and Co-Founder of Good Market. Ryan holds a PhD in Mass Media and Communication Studies from European Graduate School.

May 152018

HIPAA Compliance: Elevating How We Protect Patient Data

| Chief Information Security Officer

Just as compliance does not equal security, the same can be said in reverse – security does not ensure compliance. In 1996, a lengthy manifesto known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed into law to improve the portability and accountability of health insurance coverage for employees between jobs. Since its […]

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

As chief information security officer (CISO) for Armor, Kurt Hagerman is responsible for all aspects of security and compliance for both corporate and customer facing products. He is accountable for helping the company attain ISO, PCI, HIPAA and other certifications, which allow Armor customers to more easily achieve the necessary compliances for their own businesses. Hagerman was most recently the managing director of the southwest region and PCI practice director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company and QSA. During his twenty plus years in the field of information technology, he has held a wide number of positions encompassing many IT and security disciplines including: network engineering; systems engineering; security engineering; and IT auditing and compliance. Hagerman regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and healthcare spaces, as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant on the Cloud Security Alliance SME council as well as on the Public Policy Committee of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition. Hagerman holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University.

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Foundation

About Foundation

If you're new to field and want to get your feet wet, this is the hub for everything basic about cloud and cybersecurity.

May 222018

#ArmorU | A Cybersecurity Poll Series

| VP Product & Corporate Marketing

Last year, we launched our first annual #ArmorU poll series to learn more about what businesses know and think regarding cloud data storage and cybersecurity in the cloud.  From June to September, we posted a different targeted question each week on Twitter– and the participation rate far exceeded our expectations.  By the end of the […]

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David Puzas

VP Product & Corporate Marketing

David Puzas is the VP Product & Corporate Marketing at Armor. David is an innovative cybersecurity, cloud and IT services marketer and business leader with over 20+ years of experience. He's previously been charged with building client value and innovative outcomes for companies, such as Dell SecureWorks and IBM clients world-wide.

May 172018

On Cloud Nine: Three Ways Cloud Improves Business

| Product Owner

“Work smarter, not harder” – that’s the saying, right? Executives are constantly seeking new marketplace advantages over competitors to put themselves one step ahead. Whether it be the latest and greatest in innovation, offering improved customer service or simply streamlining logistics for better efficiency, there’s always something to make a company stronger. However, gaining a […]

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Ryan Smith

Product Owner

With 10 years experience, Ryan Smith serves as a Product Owner at Armor, assisting in bringing world-class cloud security to the AWS ecosystem. In previous roles, he served as the Director of Product for SandBox Commerce, Marketing and Sales Manager/MuvData Product Manager for The New Office, Inc., Management Consultant and Content Marketing Strategist for Twin Engine Labs, and Co-Founder of Good Market. Ryan holds a PhD in Mass Media and Communication Studies from European Graduate School.

May 32018

The Good, Bad & Ugly of IoT Security

| Senior Ethical Hacker

Through smart integrations of electronics, sensors and connectivity, the internet of things (IoT) has enabled us to automate an increasing number of day-to-day tasks. On the flip side, it’s also bringing in new threats. In fact, it didn’t take much time for IoT devices to be responsible for some of the largest DDoS attacks in […]

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Geoffrey Pamerleau

Senior Ethical Hacker

Geoffrey Pamerleau joined Armor as a senior ethical hacker bringing 10 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Geoff was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing computer network exploitation operations. He served in the United States Air Force with distinction as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. Prior to his commission, Geoff received a Bachelors in Computer Science with a focus on Cyberwarfare from the United States Air Force Academy. While there, Geoff was a member of the Academy’s Cyber Warfare Club and competed in National and International information security competitions. Geoff has certifications in incident handling and penetration testing from SANS. (GCIH and GPEN)

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Technical

About Technical

Tailored specifically for IT, security and DevOp pros, our Technical blogs get you into the nitty gritty details.

May 82018

Looking Back on High-Profile Cybersecurity Attacks

| Head of Security

Nearly one year ago, on May 12, 2017, WannaCry ransomware successfully compromised more than 400,000 computers and servers running Microsoft Windows. The cybersecurity attack paralyzed healthcare systems, government agencies, universities and many other industries in more than 150 countries with the total cost of damages estimated at nearly $1 billion. Several weeks later, Microsoft Windows […]

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Wayne Reynolds

Head of Security

Head of Security, Wayne Reynolds, manages the cyber and physical security operations at Armor. This unique, dual responsibility extends beyond the typical approach many cloud providers take in securing their own operations while leaving customers to fend for themselves. Key to establishing the strategic and operational vision at Armor, Wayne oversees the execution of Security Incident Management, Security Infrastructure, Vulnerability Threat Management, Threat Intelligence, Corporate Security, and Physical Security within both Armor’s corporate and customer environments. He leads Armor's Friendly Network Forces, a one-of-a-kind internal penetration testing organization designed to validate the company’s own security measures and evaluate risk from new or unforeseen threats. Prior to Armor, Wayne served in the U.S. Marine Corps for nearly 20 years where he led the Tactical Information Technology and Avionics Departments. In his civilian career, he has led organizations for a wide range of businesses including Conde Nast Publication, Copart Auto Auctions, Aerojet-Rocketdyne, Citi Group, and GameStop.

May 12018

The Anatomy of a Cybersecurity Attack

| Manager Threat Resistance Unit

As technology becomes more sophisticated, so do hackers and the tools they use to get their hands on sensitive data. In the past several years, we’ve seen a rise in cybersecurity attacks and data breaches as cybercriminals successfully infiltrate companies using everything in their toolkits from malware and ransomware to social engineering tactics. Why you […]

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Troy Dearing

Manager Threat Resistance Unit

Troy Dearing (Gunnery Sergeant, Retired) joined Armor as a Sr Ethical Hacker bringing 20 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Troy was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing Computer Network Exploitation operations. For 20 years he served the Marine Corps with distinction as a network intelligence subject matter expert, instrumental in the creation of a service level course on network exploitation and analysis. Early in his career he was selected for an internship at the NSA’s Red Team which established his foundation in cyber security expertise. Troy hails from the great state of Arizona. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College attaining his Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Troy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Apr 102018

Credit Card Skimming: Big Business for Data Thieves on the Dark Web

| Senior Threat Intel Analyst

What if I told you that for as little as $10, I could use your credit card without your knowledge or permission? Thanks to the Dark Web, I can. From track data dumps to cloned cards, the buyers and sellers on Dark Web forums are in the market for credit card information, and there are […]

Corey Milligan

Senior Threat Intel Analyst

Corey has more than 17 years of IT experience. Before coming to Armor, he worked his way up the Army ranks, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer and one of the Army’s first Cyber Operations Technicians. He holds some of the industries most sought after certifications including CISSP, GCIA, GNFA, and CEH. As a member of Armor’s Threat Resistance Unit, Corey provides threat intelligence support to the SOC and other divisions as needed, enhancing their efforts by collecting and analyzing open and closed source threat intelligence feeds, reporting on priority threats, identifying IOCs in support of network monitoring and incident response, and analyzing logs to identify hidden threats.

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Compliance

About Compliance

A compliance experts dream. We provide you with a complete breakdown of compliance and cybersecurity issues.

May 152018

HIPAA Compliance: Elevating How We Protect Patient Data

| Chief Information Security Officer

Just as compliance does not equal security, the same can be said in reverse – security does not ensure compliance. In 1996, a lengthy manifesto known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed into law to improve the portability and accountability of health insurance coverage for employees between jobs. Since its […]

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

As chief information security officer (CISO) for Armor, Kurt Hagerman is responsible for all aspects of security and compliance for both corporate and customer facing products. He is accountable for helping the company attain ISO, PCI, HIPAA and other certifications, which allow Armor customers to more easily achieve the necessary compliances for their own businesses. Hagerman was most recently the managing director of the southwest region and PCI practice director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company and QSA. During his twenty plus years in the field of information technology, he has held a wide number of positions encompassing many IT and security disciplines including: network engineering; systems engineering; security engineering; and IT auditing and compliance. Hagerman regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and healthcare spaces, as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant on the Cloud Security Alliance SME council as well as on the Public Policy Committee of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition. Hagerman holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University.

Apr 262018

The FinTech Revolution: A Look at Compliance

| Chief Information Security Officer

The rapid evolution of financial technology (fintech) in recent years has positively disrupted the financial services industry in terms of how banks and other institutions, such as insurance and accounting companies, as well as stock brokerages, offer services and customer experience. As nearly all customer data is being transferred from file cabinets to digital vaults, […]

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

As chief information security officer (CISO) for Armor, Kurt Hagerman is responsible for all aspects of security and compliance for both corporate and customer facing products. He is accountable for helping the company attain ISO, PCI, HIPAA and other certifications, which allow Armor customers to more easily achieve the necessary compliances for their own businesses. Hagerman was most recently the managing director of the southwest region and PCI practice director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company and QSA. During his twenty plus years in the field of information technology, he has held a wide number of positions encompassing many IT and security disciplines including: network engineering; systems engineering; security engineering; and IT auditing and compliance. Hagerman regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and healthcare spaces, as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant on the Cloud Security Alliance SME council as well as on the Public Policy Committee of the Internet Infrastructure Coalition. Hagerman holds his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Management from Purdue University.

Apr 52018

Ramping Up for GDPR

| Director of Audit, Compliance, and Risk

The countdown is on. Only 50 days left until the UK’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect on May 25. Replacing the current Data Privacy Directive established in 1995, GDPR will still focus on the overall goal of protecting the data of EU citizens in an increasingly data-driven world. While both directives seek […]

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Nancy Free

Director of Audit, Compliance, and Risk

Nancy Free, Armor's Director of Audit, Compliance, and Risk, has over 20 years of IT experience, including IT governance, risk, compliance, and audit. She has spent over 15 years in the IT Security field leading IT and compliance teams in a variety of industries, including: energy, transportation, construction, mortgage lending, healthcare, and retail.

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Executive

About Executive

Sometimes, you need the C-Suite level jargon and focus, dive into this section to learn how cybersecurity affects broader business operations.

May 102018

Cybersecurity Operations Center: To Build or Not to Build?

| VP Product & Corporate Marketing

You’ve probably thought about building a cybersecurity operations center (SOC) for your business at some point, but once most companies do, they realize they can’t handle it. The annual cost and resources required to maintain DIY cybersecurity is almost always more than what companies expect, and because there’s a dearth of security experts, there aren’t […]

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David Puzas

VP Product & Corporate Marketing

David Puzas is the VP Product & Corporate Marketing at Armor. David is an innovative cybersecurity, cloud and IT services marketer and business leader with over 20+ years of experience. He's previously been charged with building client value and innovative outcomes for companies, such as Dell SecureWorks and IBM clients world-wide.

Apr 192018

SMBs & Security: Focusing on Budget

| Account Executive

You can ask other business executives to what they attribute their success and likely receive a myriad of responses ranging from strategic planning to operations and people. While there’s no right or wrong answer, budget allocation is one of the more critical components for a strong and successful company, especially for small and mid-sized businesses […]

Cody Sandone

Account Executive

With more than 10 years in sales roles, Cody is responsible for helping businesses and clients navigate security and compliance challenges associated with hosting sensitive data across on-prem, public or private cloud environments, as part of their decision-buying process for Armor's offerings. In addition, Cody founded and owns Sandone Enterprises LLC, an industrial recycling brokerage services firm, and previously worked for AAA Recycling and Impact Realty Group, LLC.

Apr 122018

Crisis Communications in the Wake of a Cyberattack

| Head of Security

More than a decade ago, TJ Maxx experienced one of the earliest major credit card breaches, and it led to a significant negative impact on customer loyalty and profitability. Today, however, it appears headlines are littered with new reports of large-scale data breaches compromising customer’s personal and financial information… yet customers keep coming back. What […]

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Wayne Reynolds

Head of Security

Head of Security, Wayne Reynolds, manages the cyber and physical security operations at Armor. This unique, dual responsibility extends beyond the typical approach many cloud providers take in securing their own operations while leaving customers to fend for themselves. Key to establishing the strategic and operational vision at Armor, Wayne oversees the execution of Security Incident Management, Security Infrastructure, Vulnerability Threat Management, Threat Intelligence, Corporate Security, and Physical Security within both Armor’s corporate and customer environments. He leads Armor's Friendly Network Forces, a one-of-a-kind internal penetration testing organization designed to validate the company’s own security measures and evaluate risk from new or unforeseen threats. Prior to Armor, Wayne served in the U.S. Marine Corps for nearly 20 years where he led the Tactical Information Technology and Avionics Departments. In his civilian career, he has led organizations for a wide range of businesses including Conde Nast Publication, Copart Auto Auctions, Aerojet-Rocketdyne, Citi Group, and GameStop.

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