Sep 152017

Keeping Them Out of Your Vault: Network Segmentation in the Cloud

When does a breach become lethal? Is it the initial compromise, possibly due to unpatched vulnerabilities? Or, is it the exfiltration of valuable data – when a compromise becomes a breach and potentially a headline in the news cycle? Semantics aside, there’s another, often ignored aspect in the evolution from compromise to breach, one with […]

Sep 122017

Protecting Critical Infrastructure: Pulling the Plug on Watering Holes

Geoffrey Pamerleau | Senior Ethical Hacker

Cyberattacks on critical infrastructure pose one of the most significant threats to national security in modern history. The specter continues to loom large with the reemergence of activity from the prolific hacking group known as Dragonfly. Bursting onto the scene as early as 2011, the group has recently resurfaced with a swath of attacks across […]

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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)

Sep 82017

Equifax Breach – Armor’s Take

Chris Drake | Founder & CEO

Another day, another breach. Armor weighs in on the Equifax breach of personally identifiable information (PII) for approximately 143 million Americans as well as UK and Canadian citizens. Those individuals impacted may not even realize they were affected, as credit agencies hold PII from other businesses. This illuminates not just the importance of security, but the role of corporate responsibility as it relates to people’s data. Our team is closely tracking the breach as it develops and continuing to monitor the Dark Web to share the latest insights and potential implications for other organizations.

Chris Drake

Founder & CEO

As the founder and CEO of Armor, Chris Drake oversees the growth, direction, and innovation of the company’s secure cloud services. He fights the status quo every day and ensures that the “smart creatives” at Armor are protected for the benefit of its customers. He understands and accepts the awesome responsibility customers have placed in Armor to protect their most sensitive data.

Drake began his career by serving as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division. While at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Drake built some of the U.S. Army’s first private secure websites. After leaving the military, he established TargetScope, an interactive marketing and web development company that oversaw hundreds of websites and applications containing critical data. After hearing of clients getting hacked at other hosting providers, Drake saw a clear need in the market for a truly secure cloud and established FireHost (now Armor).

In the first few years, Drake led Armor to 100 percent growth three years in a row, establishing the company as the industry’s leading secure managed cloud provider. He served as the company’s CTO in 2014 to help drive its continued innovation and returned to the CEO post in March 2015.

Along the way, Drake became a sought-after speaker and writer on topics surrounding the cloud, security, and compliance. He’s often quoted in major industry news sites and speaks at leading industry events. In 2013, he won the Tech Titans Emerging CEO award, which is given to the top chief executive of a successfully emerging business.

Drake was acknowledged as one of the top “40 under 40” business leaders by the Dallas Business Journal and received the University of North Texas Distinguished Young Alumni Award. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Texas.

Sep 12017

The Ransomware Threat: A Menacing Evolution

Jeff Schilling, CISM | Chief Security Officer

The plague of ransomware is continuing to be one of the most detrimental cyber crimes against organizations and promises to be for quite some time.  Beginning on a small-scale in the consumer realm, it is one of the most significant threats that organizations across industries face. We experienced two high-profile global attacks that presented as […]

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.

Aug 242017

Women in Technology: A Natural Fit

Holly Dale | Indications and Warnings Manager

In light of the recent repugnant comments from an engineer of the world’s preeminent search engine provider, it seems appropriate to use this vitriol as an opportunity to set the record straight.  The engineer’s diatribe not only revealed a deep-seeded personal resentment of women but brought attention to an overall misconception of the pervasiveness of […]

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Holly Dale

Indications and Warnings Manager

Holly Dale’s 15-year career in cyber security has led her to become the Indications and Warnings Manager at Armor. Prior to Armor, Holly was a Senior Security Analyst, contracted to Oncor Energy. She has held several positions while contracted to the National Nuclear Security Administration under the Department of Energy (NNSA/DOE), including Information System Security Officer (ISSO) and Senior Security Analyst. Holly was also a Senior Forensic Investigator/Incident Responder and founding member of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Information Assurance Response Center (IARC), participating in multiple inter-agency cyber security task forces alongside city, county, state and federal agencies.

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 82017

Opinion Using a ‘Defense in Depth’ Strategy to Thwart Ransomware Attacks

Geoffrey Pamerleau | Senior Ethical Hacker

Several recent ransomware and malware attacks have focused attention on the hacker group known as The Shadow Brokers and tricks they use to penetrate systems and compromise data. Among their recent deeds are the Petya, WannaCry, Adylkuzz Botnet and EternalRocks malware campaigns. These attacks all highlight a dirty little secret. It’s something many IT administrators […]

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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.