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 […]

Arthur Rutherford IV Image

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 […]

Wayne Reynolds Image

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 62017

Navigating Microsoft – Preparation Leads to Opportunity

Bill Gauthier | Director of Technology Alliances

Microsoft is a very large and complex organization that can prove difficult to navigate from a partner perspective.  While aligning a go-to-market plan with this behemoth organization can often seem daunting, it can also be very fruitful for the bottom line.  Fortunately, once a firm grasp of how to best work with the company exists, […]

Bill Gauthier Image

Bill Gauthier

Director of Technology Alliances

Bill Gauthier is the Director of Strategic Alliances for Armor, a leading provider of managed cloud security. With more than 15 years of experience, he is an expert in channel and partner program management including business development, alliances and solution sales.

Prior to joining Armor, he most recently worked at Microsoft as a Senior Business Development Manager for Strategic Alliances & ISVs and has an extensive background directing partner programs for a variety of technology companies.

Bill holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, both from the University of Washington.

Jun 282017

Petya: Using Blast Radius to Deduce Attribution

Jeff Schilling, CISM | Chief Security Officer

As the global ransomware attack coined Petya continues to proliferate globally, identifying the culprits is an important piece of the puzzle. At this point, it’s prudent to attempt to rule out who it doesn’t appear to be through process of elimination. While there was clear forensic evidence connecting the code used by the WannaCry actors […]

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.

Jun 272017

Vigilance Required: European Ransomware Petya Moves into Russia and U.S.

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP | Senior Security Architect

Following in the footsteps of WannaCry, a new ransomware named Petya appears to be instigating similar global havoc with EternalBlue. Follow Armor for the latest intelligence on this emerging threat.

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).

Jun 222017

Cloud Security 101: A Partner’s Perspective

Arthur Rutherford IV | Director of Alliances and Strategic Partnerships

When I went to work for IBM in the early 2000’s, one of the first things I learned was how to work with business partners to create hardware and software solutions in the SMB space. At that time, the business model for partners was far less ambiguous. Hardware in all of its forms, and the […]

Arthur Rutherford IV Image

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.

Jun 152017

Narrowing the Attack Surface: A Strategic Approach to Security

Jeff Schilling, CISM | Chief Security Officer

With the sustained onslaught of ransomware and high-volume destructive attacks, it’s clear that operations are growing in complexity and threat actors’ skills are improving.  What’s worse, security teams are often asked to do more with less, and there is little tolerance from organizational decision makers for any shortfalls. Against this backdrop, is there any hope […]

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.

Jun 142017

Defense in Depth: Vulnerabilities in your Legacy Systems

Geoffrey Pamerleau | Senior Ethical Hacker

With the promise of future leaks by the Shadow Brokers, it’s only a matter of time until the “next shoe drops.” Keeping your software and servers up-to-date and patched is a security best practice. However, there are times when the resources to buy new software or perform patch integration testing may not be available. In these cases, the use of cyber defense in depth principles can at least decrease the likelihood that these insecure systems are affected.

Geoffrey Pamerleau Image

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)

Jun 102017

The True Cost of False Positive Security Events

For every security event, analysts are faced with a difficult choice: devote resources towards their pursuit or not? Although it may seem wise to be better safe than sorry, investigating false positives is expensive both financially and in terms of people hours spent assessing security events and fine-tuning detection tools (WAF, IDS, etc.).