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Dec 102019

How to Pass a PCI Compliance Audit Quickly, While Also Becoming More Secure

| Director of Customer Compliance

At Armor, we’ve helped many companies over the years become PCI compliant and pass their audits. We’ve learned that while PCI compliance is complicated, you can become compliant in a decent amount of time. Furthermore, becoming PCI compliant can help your business become more secure, which is the whole point of PCI compliance. If you […]

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Mike Annand

Director of Customer Compliance

Mike Annand serves as the Director of Customer Compliance at Armor. Mike has over 20 years of IT Operations and compliance related experience. He is a trusted advisor to Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA, HITRUST, ISO-27001 and SOC. Mike has spent time implementing security controls in the retail, banking and energy sectors, as well as several years as a security assessor and practice manager.

Dec 32019

How to Attain HITRUST Compliance in Less Time

| Director of Customer Compliance

At Armor, we’ve helped over 1,000 companies become more secure, many of which became HITRUST certified. We’ve learned that while HITRUST compliance is complicated, you can become HITRUST certified in less time with the right approach. Unfortunately, some infrastructure companies state in their marketing that all you need to do is to use their technology […]

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Mike Annand

Director of Customer Compliance

Mike Annand serves as the Director of Customer Compliance at Armor. Mike has over 20 years of IT Operations and compliance related experience. He is a trusted advisor to Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA, HITRUST, ISO-27001 and SOC. Mike has spent time implementing security controls in the retail, banking and energy sectors, as well as several years as a security assessor and practice manager.

Nov 212019

Know your KPIs: Are Containers the Right Approach? – Technologent Partner Blog

Justin Zimmer | Solutions Architect, Technologent  In a recent blog written and shared by Armor’s partner, Technologent, customers learned how containers—a packaged unit of application code and its dependencies enabling applications to run quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another—and Containers-as-a-Service fit into the cloud computing stack. “CaaS solutions simplify the process of […]

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Guest authors comprise of Armor's strategic partners, technology partners, clients and experts in the cybersecurity industry.

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Foundation

About Foundation

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

Nov 212019

Know your KPIs: Are Containers the Right Approach? – Technologent Partner Blog

Justin Zimmer | Solutions Architect, Technologent  In a recent blog written and shared by Armor’s partner, Technologent, customers learned how containers—a packaged unit of application code and its dependencies enabling applications to run quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another—and Containers-as-a-Service fit into the cloud computing stack. “CaaS solutions simplify the process of […]

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Guest authors comprise of Armor's strategic partners, technology partners, clients and experts in the cybersecurity industry.

Nov 192019

A CTO’s View: Building a Secure Cloud Migration Framework – Cloudnexa Partner Blog

MJ Diberardino | CEO, Cloudnexa & Josh Bosquez | CTO, Armor Throughout the past decade, cloud computing has completely revolutionized the way companies conduct business. No longer does the cloud only benefit IT teams. Today, it enables business processes throughout entire organizations, offering teams and companies speed, agility, scalability, cost savings, and much more. Despite […]

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Guest authors comprise of Armor's strategic partners, technology partners, clients and experts in the cybersecurity industry.

Oct 222019

On-Premise to Cloud Migration: Advanced Strategies and Pitfalls to Avoid

| VP of Product

For any organization considering its first venture into on premise to cloud migration of data and legacy applications, management will find no shortage of introductory literature on the subject.  The problem, however, is that much of the existing literature is just that – an introduction.  It tends to take the form of generalized overviews, summaries […]

Ryan Smith

VP of Product

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as VP of Product at Armor; he is passionate about telling stories about how companies are achieving security and compliance in the cloud. Ryan regularly speaks nationwide at conferences, user groups, and special events on the topics of cloud security, compliance – PCI, HIPAA, and GDPR, and developing secure cloud architectures. Previously, he served as Director of Product Marketing and Sr. Product Manager focused on bringing Armor Anywhere (a managed, scalable security solution that protect virtual machine instances hosted on public, private, hybrid or on-premise cloud environments) and its future iterations to market; he also has been an integral part of developing Armor’s compliance matrix mappings and the industry defining cloud adoption framework for HIPAA compliance. At prior companies, he served as the Founder, Head of Product or Marketing Manager for various SaaS businesses. Ryan holds a PhD in Mass Media and Communication Studies from European Graduate School.

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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.

Nov 212019

Know your KPIs: Are Containers the Right Approach? – Technologent Partner Blog

Justin Zimmer | Solutions Architect, Technologent  In a recent blog written and shared by Armor’s partner, Technologent, customers learned how containers—a packaged unit of application code and its dependencies enabling applications to run quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another—and Containers-as-a-Service fit into the cloud computing stack. “CaaS solutions simplify the process of […]

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Guest authors comprise of Armor's strategic partners, technology partners, clients and experts in the cybersecurity industry.

Nov 192019

A CTO’s View: Building a Secure Cloud Migration Framework – Cloudnexa Partner Blog

MJ Diberardino | CEO, Cloudnexa & Josh Bosquez | CTO, Armor Throughout the past decade, cloud computing has completely revolutionized the way companies conduct business. No longer does the cloud only benefit IT teams. Today, it enables business processes throughout entire organizations, offering teams and companies speed, agility, scalability, cost savings, and much more. Despite […]

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Guest Author

Guest authors comprise of Armor's strategic partners, technology partners, clients and experts in the cybersecurity industry.

Oct 222019

On-Premise to Cloud Migration: Advanced Strategies and Pitfalls to Avoid

| VP of Product

For any organization considering its first venture into on premise to cloud migration of data and legacy applications, management will find no shortage of introductory literature on the subject.  The problem, however, is that much of the existing literature is just that – an introduction.  It tends to take the form of generalized overviews, summaries […]

Ryan Smith

VP of Product

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as VP of Product at Armor; he is passionate about telling stories about how companies are achieving security and compliance in the cloud. Ryan regularly speaks nationwide at conferences, user groups, and special events on the topics of cloud security, compliance – PCI, HIPAA, and GDPR, and developing secure cloud architectures. Previously, he served as Director of Product Marketing and Sr. Product Manager focused on bringing Armor Anywhere (a managed, scalable security solution that protect virtual machine instances hosted on public, private, hybrid or on-premise cloud environments) and its future iterations to market; he also has been an integral part of developing Armor’s compliance matrix mappings and the industry defining cloud adoption framework for HIPAA compliance. At prior companies, he served as the Founder, Head of Product or Marketing Manager for various SaaS businesses. Ryan holds a PhD in Mass Media and Communication Studies from European Graduate School.

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Compliance

About Compliance

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

Dec 32019

How to Attain HITRUST Compliance in Less Time

| Director of Customer Compliance

At Armor, we’ve helped over 1,000 companies become more secure, many of which became HITRUST certified. We’ve learned that while HITRUST compliance is complicated, you can become HITRUST certified in less time with the right approach. Unfortunately, some infrastructure companies state in their marketing that all you need to do is to use their technology […]

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Mike Annand

Director of Customer Compliance

Mike Annand serves as the Director of Customer Compliance at Armor. Mike has over 20 years of IT Operations and compliance related experience. He is a trusted advisor to Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA, HITRUST, ISO-27001 and SOC. Mike has spent time implementing security controls in the retail, banking and energy sectors, as well as several years as a security assessor and practice manager.

Nov 212019

Know your KPIs: Are Containers the Right Approach? – Technologent Partner Blog

Justin Zimmer | Solutions Architect, Technologent  In a recent blog written and shared by Armor’s partner, Technologent, customers learned how containers—a packaged unit of application code and its dependencies enabling applications to run quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another—and Containers-as-a-Service fit into the cloud computing stack. “CaaS solutions simplify the process of […]

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Guest authors comprise of Armor's strategic partners, technology partners, clients and experts in the cybersecurity industry.

Nov 192019

A CTO’s View: Building a Secure Cloud Migration Framework – Cloudnexa Partner Blog

MJ Diberardino | CEO, Cloudnexa & Josh Bosquez | CTO, Armor Throughout the past decade, cloud computing has completely revolutionized the way companies conduct business. No longer does the cloud only benefit IT teams. Today, it enables business processes throughout entire organizations, offering teams and companies speed, agility, scalability, cost savings, and much more. Despite […]

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Guest authors comprise of Armor's strategic partners, technology partners, clients and experts in the cybersecurity industry.

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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.

Nov 212019

Know your KPIs: Are Containers the Right Approach? – Technologent Partner Blog

Justin Zimmer | Solutions Architect, Technologent  In a recent blog written and shared by Armor’s partner, Technologent, customers learned how containers—a packaged unit of application code and its dependencies enabling applications to run quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another—and Containers-as-a-Service fit into the cloud computing stack. “CaaS solutions simplify the process of […]

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Guest Author

Guest authors comprise of Armor's strategic partners, technology partners, clients and experts in the cybersecurity industry.

Nov 192019

A CTO’s View: Building a Secure Cloud Migration Framework – Cloudnexa Partner Blog

MJ Diberardino | CEO, Cloudnexa & Josh Bosquez | CTO, Armor Throughout the past decade, cloud computing has completely revolutionized the way companies conduct business. No longer does the cloud only benefit IT teams. Today, it enables business processes throughout entire organizations, offering teams and companies speed, agility, scalability, cost savings, and much more. Despite […]

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Guest Author

Guest authors comprise of Armor's strategic partners, technology partners, clients and experts in the cybersecurity industry.

Oct 172019

Ransomware in Healthcare: The Risks. The Remedies.

| Head of Threat Resistance

Ransomware—a form of malware, or a virus, that encrypts and prevents users from accessing their systems or data until a sum of money is paid—is continuing to wreak havoc on organizations worldwide. In fact, there have been more than 200 publicly identified cases of ransomware in the U.S. alone since January. And, most recently, on […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Head of Threat Resistance

As Head of Threat Resistance at Armor, 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, support manager and lead ethical hacker. 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).

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Dec 102019

How to Pass a PCI Compliance Audit Quickly, While Also Becoming More Secure

| Director of Customer Compliance

At Armor, we’ve helped many companies over the years become PCI compliant and pass their audits. We’ve learned that while PCI compliance is complicated, you can become compliant in a decent amount of time. Furthermore, becoming PCI compliant can help your business become more secure, which is the whole point of PCI compliance. If you […]

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Mike Annand

Director of Customer Compliance

Mike Annand serves as the Director of Customer Compliance at Armor. Mike has over 20 years of IT Operations and compliance related experience. He is a trusted advisor to Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA, HITRUST, ISO-27001 and SOC. Mike has spent time implementing security controls in the retail, banking and energy sectors, as well as several years as a security assessor and practice manager.

Nov 142019

Companies Have Too Many Security Tools. Here’s How We’re Solving That.

| VP of Product

The average enterprise has 75 security tools. Since every security tool sends warnings when unusual activity takes place, the result is that businesses are bombarded with an incredible number of alerts. What do most companies about all these alerts? Selectively ignore them. There simply isn’t enough manpower to investigate every single alert that a company […]

Ryan Smith

VP of Product

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as VP of Product at Armor; he is passionate about telling stories about how companies are achieving security and compliance in the cloud. Ryan regularly speaks nationwide at conferences, user groups, and special events on the topics of cloud security, compliance – PCI, HIPAA, and GDPR, and developing secure cloud architectures. Previously, he served as Director of Product Marketing and Sr. Product Manager focused on bringing Armor Anywhere (a managed, scalable security solution that protect virtual machine instances hosted on public, private, hybrid or on-premise cloud environments) and its future iterations to market; he also has been an integral part of developing Armor’s compliance matrix mappings and the industry defining cloud adoption framework for HIPAA compliance. At prior companies, he served as the Founder, Head of Product or Marketing Manager for various SaaS businesses. Ryan holds a PhD in Mass Media and Communication Studies from European Graduate School.

Oct 312019

Achieving PCI Compliance on AWS Is More Involved Than You Think

| Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

Some of our potential clients think that simply putting their applications and/or data on a cloud service like Amazon Web Services (AWS) is enough to become PCI compliant, but it’s actually more involved. While AWS has done what it can to make its offering follow PCI regulations, hosting on the AWS cloud is just the […]

Nancy Free

Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

Nancy Free, Armor's Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer, 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.