Aug 172017

The Five Points of Cloud-Native Architecture

Flavio Andrade | Vice President, Product Management

Inspired by French architect, Le Corbusier, Flavio Andrade, Armor VP of Product Marketing, explores how to develop a cloud-native architecture in the cloud.

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Flavio Andrade

Vice President, Product Management

As VP of Product Management at Armor, Flavio Andrade helps guide the evolution of our secure cloud infrastructure. He has been involved with technology throughout his entire career, beginning with his first role right out of college (an Internet Service Provider), which eventually became part of Earthlink. He’s been focused on software and technology since then, with stints at DuPont, Go Daddy and Experian. At GoDaddy, Flavio led the hosting product line to become the largest hosting company in the world (by number of active hosted web sites). As a gearhead, Flavio is known for using car analogies when discussing business. Flavio has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Universidade de Brasilia and a masters in Systems Engineering from Arizona State University.

Aug 142017

Securing Your Cloud – The Impact of POPIA

Co-authors: Andrew Kirkland – CyberTAN CEO, Kurt Hagerman – Armor CISO   The race is on. Adopting cloud is fast becoming a critical consideration for increasing competitiveness and profitability. “Ignore it at your peril”, some will say. There may be a lot of truth in keeping up with the fast-paced technological advancements, but there is one question […]

Aug 92017

Using a ‘defense in depth’ strategy to thwart ransomware attacks

Geoffrey Pamerleau | Senior Ethical Hacker

Several recent ransomware and malware attacks have highlighted the unintended consequences that have resulted from information dumps published by the illusive group known as The Shadow Brokers. Multiple other actors have since taken the capabilities that were leaked and successfully used them to penetrate systems and compromise data. Among their recent high-profile events were the […]

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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 Resistant 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)

Aug 32017

New Perils of Public Cloud Compliance: Vendor Management Best Practices

Kurt Hagerman | Chief Information Security Officer

“Know thyself.” It’s a mindset more cloud-ready organizations should adopt before they even consider bringing in a cloud vendor. However, far too many are still content to look before they leap, sometimes to disastrous results. Learn why self-discovery before vendor implementation can keep you more compliant, efficient and, more importantly, safe in the cloud.

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.

Aug 12017

Cutting through the Noise: Are You Being Sold AI or Pattern Matching?

Jeff Schilling, CISM | Chief Security Officer

Many vendors are fudging terms when trying to sell their security systems. Here’s what you need to know when you buy. At the recent RSA Conference, you might have heard hundreds of people repeating the words “we have the best artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.” If you happened to be in one of those […]

Jeff Schilling, CISM

Chief Security Officer

Jeff Schilling (Colonel, Retired) is the Chief Security Officer at Armor Defense, the first Totally Secure cloud company and is responsible for the Security and Compliance of our customer and corporate environment.

Prior to joining, Armor, Jeff was the Director of the Global Incident Response practice for SecureWorks where his team supported more than 300 customers with incident response planning, capabilities development, digital forensics investigations and active incident management.  

Jeff retired from the US Army after 24 years of service in July of 2012.   In his last assignment, Jeff was the Director of the Army’s global Security Operations Center under US Army Cyber Command.  In this position, Jeff was responsible for synchronizing the global security operations and incident response for more than one million computer systems, on 350 wide area networks, supporting all Army organizations in more than 2500 locations. Previous to this position, Jeff was the Director of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Global Security Operations Center with Joint Task Force Global Network Operations, where he managed security operations and global incident management for more than four million globally connected computer systems.

Jul 282017

Managing Multi-Cloud Security – Whether You Want to or Not

Jeff Schilling, CISM | Chief Security Officer

In my experience, many conversations with customer security teams inevitably begin with: “I just found out that one of our business owners built infrastructure in the public cloud and it is hosting a critical business process.”  Or, “we can’t afford the tech refresh in my current datacenter, and I have been directed to manage a […]

Jeff Schilling, CISM

Chief Security Officer

Jeff Schilling (Colonel, Retired) is the Chief Security Officer at Armor Defense, the first Totally Secure cloud company and is responsible for the Security and Compliance of our customer and corporate environment.

Prior to joining, Armor, Jeff was the Director of the Global Incident Response practice for SecureWorks where his team supported more than 300 customers with incident response planning, capabilities development, digital forensics investigations and active incident management.  

Jeff retired from the US Army after 24 years of service in July of 2012.   In his last assignment, Jeff was the Director of the Army’s global Security Operations Center under US Army Cyber Command.  In this position, Jeff was responsible for synchronizing the global security operations and incident response for more than one million computer systems, on 350 wide area networks, supporting all Army organizations in more than 2500 locations. Previous to this position, Jeff was the Director of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Global Security Operations Center with Joint Task Force Global Network Operations, where he managed security operations and global incident management for more than four million globally connected computer systems.

Jul 262017

Rebooting Your Patch Management Process

Wayne Reynolds | Vice President, Security

The first half of 2017 was rough for cyber security. Multiple waves of major cyber attack campaigns like WannaCry and Petya have left everyone paranoid and constantly looking over their shoulder for the next shoe to drop. Even with this high level of paranoia, have companies started taking the necessary proactive steps for threat prevention? […]

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Wayne Reynolds

Vice President, Security

VP 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 the 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 to include Conde Nast Publication, Copart Auto Auctions, Aerojet-Rocketdyne, Citi Group, and GameStop.

Jul 192017

Microsoft Inspire – Putting Cyber Security at the Forefront

Arthur Rutherford IV | Director of Alliances and Strategic Partnerships

I associate July with several things, the beginning of the Microsoft Fiscal year, summer heat in Texas and the annual Microsoft’s Partner Conference, now known as “Microsoft Inspire.” At the close of last week’s Washington, D.C. conference, I realized it marked for me the fifth rendition of the event as both a full-time employee and […]

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Arthur Rutherford IV

Director of Alliances and Strategic Partnerships

Arthur Rutherford IV, director of alliances and strategic partnerships, Armor, has 15 years of experience in the IT industry where he has led teams from business development and sales to delivery and support.

Jul 142017

Verizon Data Exposure – A Lesson in Cloud Security Hygiene

Jeff Schilling, CISM | Chief Security Officer

According to reports, Verizon potentially exposed up to 14 million customers’ personal information in a public-facing Amazon S3 (storage) bucket which was managed by one of their third-party vendors. While fallout from this incident doesn’t seem to be broad at this point, it demonstrates the potential for the mass compromise of corporate and consumer data if proper diligence […]

Jeff Schilling, CISM

Chief Security Officer

Jeff Schilling (Colonel, Retired) is the Chief Security Officer at Armor Defense, the first Totally Secure cloud company and is responsible for the Security and Compliance of our customer and corporate environment.

Prior to joining, Armor, Jeff was the Director of the Global Incident Response practice for SecureWorks where his team supported more than 300 customers with incident response planning, capabilities development, digital forensics investigations and active incident management.  

Jeff retired from the US Army after 24 years of service in July of 2012.   In his last assignment, Jeff was the Director of the Army’s global Security Operations Center under US Army Cyber Command.  In this position, Jeff was responsible for synchronizing the global security operations and incident response for more than one million computer systems, on 350 wide area networks, supporting all Army organizations in more than 2500 locations. Previous to this position, Jeff was the Director of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Global Security Operations Center with Joint Task Force Global Network Operations, where he managed security operations and global incident management for more than four million globally connected computer systems.

Jul 112017

Time’s Up: The President’s Cyber Security Executive Order is Being Enforced. What’s Next?

Wayne Reynolds | Vice President, Security

Today marks 60 days after President Trump issued an executive order that called for government agencies to have conducted security reviews with accompanying recommendations as to what steps will be taken to secure the country’s critical infrastructure, networks and data. It seems clear that the President has good intentions with this aggressive stance. As a […]

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Wayne Reynolds

Vice President, Security

VP 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 the 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 to include Conde Nast Publication, Copart Auto Auctions, Aerojet-Rocketdyne, Citi Group, and GameStop.