Latest Blog Posts

Aug 162018

Cyber Black Market: What You Wouldn’t Think a Hacker Wants

| Senior Threat Intel Analyst

It is not difficult to understand the value of stolen bank accounts, credit cards, and social security numbers to cybercriminals. Each of those items are pieces of the average person’s financial life, and the fact that they can easily translate to profits in the hands of sellers on the cyber black market should come as […]

Corey Milligan

Senior Threat Intel Analyst

Corey has more than 18 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 GCTI. As a member of Armor’s Threat Response 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.

Aug 142018

Squashing Cyberthreats in Hospitals & Healthcare

| Head of Marketing

Technology: we can’t live with it; we can’t live without it. This especially rings true throughout the healthcare industry – maybe too literally at times. The rise of connected healthcare systems and medical devices has had a tremendous impact on the industry. In fact, Gartner predicts that by the end of this decade, 30% of […]

Diana Massaro

Head of Marketing

Diana Massaro, who wields a healthy affinity for data and metrics-based strategy, leads Armor’s dynamic marketing team. With more than 24 years’ experience of delivering positivity, vision and management leadership to the private sector, her skills scale across a variety of disciplines, including large enterprise software and high-volume transaction models. Her previous roles have included: CEO & VP Marketing at Prodagio Software, VP of Marketing at Idera Software, VP of Marketing and Product Management at Datacert.

Aug 92018

Superheroes & Villains: Ethical Hackers Needed

| Senior Security Architect

As is often the case in cybersecurity, good news and bad news are closely linked. In my last blog, we discussed the differences between white hat and black hat cybersecurity hackers, the different types of threat actors targeting today’s organizations and their various motivations.   At a time when many organizations are still struggling with the cybersecurity skills […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of FireHost, Chris Hinkley utilizes a decade of security expertise to design, test and deploy next generation security processes and techniques for the cloud. His work at Armor was instrumental in Armor being one of the first cloud companies globally to achieve PCI DSS compliance. Prior to Armor, Hinkley worked as a Web Developer for TargetScope, an interactive marketing and Web development company. In that role he created everything from website animations to complex and dynamic product configurations using the latest technology and development frameworks. With Armor, Hinkley has held a number of security and technology-related roles, including security engineer, lead engineer and support manager. In those roles he has serviced thousands of FireHost customer servers, including Windows and Linux, and overseen the security of all hosting environments to meet PCI, HIPAA and other compliance guidelines. Hinkley is a sought after speaker and author on cloud, security and open source topics, publishing regular columns in SecurityWeek and other industry magazines. Hinkley is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

View all Armor blog posts

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.

Aug 142018

Squashing Cyberthreats in Hospitals & Healthcare

| Head of Marketing

Technology: we can’t live with it; we can’t live without it. This especially rings true throughout the healthcare industry – maybe too literally at times. The rise of connected healthcare systems and medical devices has had a tremendous impact on the industry. In fact, Gartner predicts that by the end of this decade, 30% of […]

Diana Massaro

Head of Marketing

Diana Massaro, who wields a healthy affinity for data and metrics-based strategy, leads Armor’s dynamic marketing team. With more than 24 years’ experience of delivering positivity, vision and management leadership to the private sector, her skills scale across a variety of disciplines, including large enterprise software and high-volume transaction models. Her previous roles have included: CEO & VP Marketing at Prodagio Software, VP of Marketing at Idera Software, VP of Marketing and Product Management at Datacert.

Aug 92018

Superheroes & Villains: Ethical Hackers Needed

| Senior Security Architect

As is often the case in cybersecurity, good news and bad news are closely linked. In my last blog, we discussed the differences between white hat and black hat cybersecurity hackers, the different types of threat actors targeting today’s organizations and their various motivations.   At a time when many organizations are still struggling with the cybersecurity skills […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of FireHost, Chris Hinkley utilizes a decade of security expertise to design, test and deploy next generation security processes and techniques for the cloud. His work at Armor was instrumental in Armor being one of the first cloud companies globally to achieve PCI DSS compliance. Prior to Armor, Hinkley worked as a Web Developer for TargetScope, an interactive marketing and Web development company. In that role he created everything from website animations to complex and dynamic product configurations using the latest technology and development frameworks. With Armor, Hinkley has held a number of security and technology-related roles, including security engineer, lead engineer and support manager. In those roles he has serviced thousands of FireHost customer servers, including Windows and Linux, and overseen the security of all hosting environments to meet PCI, HIPAA and other compliance guidelines. Hinkley is a sought after speaker and author on cloud, security and open source topics, publishing regular columns in SecurityWeek and other industry magazines. Hinkley is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Aug 72018

Superheroes & Villains: Analyzing Cybersecurity Hackers

| Senior Security Architect

For the average person, the word “hacker” probably conjures up pictures of someone sitting behind a computer traversing the Dark Web. In the world of cybersecurity though, the word can also be applied to the researchers, penetration testers, and others working to improve IT security. Just as criminal cybersecurity hackers diligently work to penetrate your environment, ethical hackers are equally working to help organizations thwart […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of FireHost, Chris Hinkley utilizes a decade of security expertise to design, test and deploy next generation security processes and techniques for the cloud. His work at Armor was instrumental in Armor being one of the first cloud companies globally to achieve PCI DSS compliance. Prior to Armor, Hinkley worked as a Web Developer for TargetScope, an interactive marketing and Web development company. In that role he created everything from website animations to complex and dynamic product configurations using the latest technology and development frameworks. With Armor, Hinkley has held a number of security and technology-related roles, including security engineer, lead engineer and support manager. In those roles he has serviced thousands of FireHost customer servers, including Windows and Linux, and overseen the security of all hosting environments to meet PCI, HIPAA and other compliance guidelines. Hinkley is a sought after speaker and author on cloud, security and open source topics, publishing regular columns in SecurityWeek and other industry magazines. Hinkley is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

View all Foundation blog posts

Technical

About Technical

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

Aug 162018

Cyber Black Market: What You Wouldn’t Think a Hacker Wants

| Senior Threat Intel Analyst

It is not difficult to understand the value of stolen bank accounts, credit cards, and social security numbers to cybercriminals. Each of those items are pieces of the average person’s financial life, and the fact that they can easily translate to profits in the hands of sellers on the cyber black market should come as […]

Corey Milligan

Senior Threat Intel Analyst

Corey has more than 18 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 GCTI. As a member of Armor’s Threat Response 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.

Jul 312018

Proceed with Security: Dangers in Digital Growth

| Head of Security

Throughout the past several decades, businesses have been influenced and advanced by significant strides made in technology. From streamlined productivity and reduced overhead costs to stronger and more reliable information security, digitalization has been a driving factor of success for companies of all sizes. In fact, with a steady influx of new technologies that promise […]

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.

Jul 192018

Choosing BC/DR Services for Your Cloud

| Solutions Consultant

One of the biggest selling points of cloud adoption is improved business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) capabilities. However, some cloud customers interpret this to mean they no longer have to worry about disasters and unplanned downtimes – which is not entirely true. While cloud service providers (CSPs) do have better provisions for minimizing the risk of operational disruptions, CSPs aren’t completely immune to disasters themselves and, […]

Alex Humphrey

Solutions Consultant

Alex Humphrey serves as a Solutions Consultant at Armor. He is responsible for working with customers globally to build world-class server security and compliance for cloud, on-premise, and hybrid ecosystems. He previously worked as the Information Security Engineer Team Lead for Mary Kay where he was responsible for all aspects of server and endpoint security in both on-premise and cloud environments. He graduated Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Dallas attaining his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
and Management.

View all Technical blog posts

Compliance

About Compliance

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

Jul 172018

Compliance Measures: Not A One-Size-Fits-All

| Head of GRC and Corporate IT

Question: What do healthcare professionals, retailers and financial service experts all have in common?  Answer: The need to protect consumer data.   No, this isn’t a bad joke. It’s the work that’s happening every day across many industries, as companies try and maintain their reputations, avoid penalties and keep their customers coming back. While we’re all striving to achieve the same goals of data security and data privacy, there is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to address […]

Nancy Free

Head of GRC and Corporate IT

Nancy Free, Armor's Head of GRC and Corporate IT, 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.

Jun 192018

Retail Cybersecurity: Protecting Customer Data

| Chief Information Security Officer

Everyday across the globe, consumers are handing over personal information with a swipe of a credit or debit card, and/or by filling out retailer-generated forms. This information is helping retailers better understand and reach customers through their marketing efforts and business analytics. But how exactly are retailers protecting all the data they’re accumulating? Threats to […]

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

Kurt Hagerman serves as Chief Information Security Officer for Armor. He is responsible for the governance, risk and compliance side of the security mission for customer facing products. He regularly consults with Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA and financial services regulations and helps them understand how these regulations impact their business and how Armor can help them meet their regulatory responsibilities. Kurt regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and health care spaces as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant with local chapters of ISACA, CSA and ISSA.

Prior to joining Armor, he was a Managing Director and national PCI Practice Director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company. Kurt has conducted hundreds of security reviews and audits across a number of industries including the payment space, healthcare, financial services and higher education. During his twenty-five 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/Security auditing and compliance.

May 312018

Financial | NYCRR 500 Compliance & Security

| Head of GRC and Corporate IT

It’s nerve-wracking. You are sitting at your desk and receive notification from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). The notice tells you your organization failed to file a cybersecurity regulation Certification of Compliance under 23 NYCRR 500. The NYDFS is saying that failing to submit a Certification of Compliance will be taken as […]

Nancy Free

Head of GRC and Corporate IT

Nancy Free, Armor's Head of GRC and Corporate IT, 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.

View all Compliance blog posts

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.

Jul 262018

Fatal Flaws: Thwarting Enterprise Cybersecurity Risks

| Account Executive

Cybersecurity is essential for companies of every size. Given their extensive and more complex environments, however, large enterprises typically face more vulnerabilities than SMBs – and the successful blocking of cyber threats hinges on constant attention to a broad range of operational activities. In our previous blog, we described the various issues that can put […]

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.

Jul 242018

Fatal Flaws: Cybersecurity Risks Impacting Enterprises

| Account Executive

Cybersecurity is essential for companies of every size. Large enterprises, understandably, have far more opportunity for risk and vulnerabilities in their environment than SMBs purely based on their size – and the successful blocking of cyber threats hinges on constant attention to a broad range of operational activities. It’s not enough to simply have tools […]

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.

Jun 262018

You Can’t Afford a Cyberattack

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

When it comes to physical threats, business decision makers and executives are quick to invest in preventative measures that will thwart attacks. Whether it’s putting locks on front doors, storing critical materials in a safe or buying insurance, it’s easy to spend money on asset protection when there’s a tangible threat. When it comes to […]

Troy Dearing

Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Troy Dearing is the Head of the Threat Resistance Unit and oversees all cyber threat intelligence & threat hunting initiatives. He initially joined Armor’s TRU as a Senior Ethical Hacker leveraging 22 years of expertise in IT and cyber security.

Before joining Armor, Troy was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing Computer Network Exploitation operations. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service with distinction serving 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. 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).

View all Executive blog posts