February 2016

February 2016

Feb 242016

Armor at HIMSS16

Veterans of any technology industry are no strangers to Las Vegas. It’s fun. It’s vibrant. It’s convenient. So it comes as no surprise that the desert oasis was selected as the location for HIMSS16. And Armor will be there all week. So, what can you expect from us? Battle the Machines First and foremost, Armor CISO […]

Feb 192016

Hardware Backdoors on Mobile Devices ‘Far More Powerful’

As Apple battles the FBI over the default encryption used on iPhones, security analysts are comparing the different levels of smartphone security controls offered by device manufacturers and mobile OS developers. In USA Today’s recent story, “Are Android phones more easily hacked than iPhones?” technology writers Brett Molina and Elizabeth Weise talk to the world’s […]

Feb 172016

Hollywood Held for Ransom

| Chief Information Security Officer

The recently disclosed ransomware attack against Hollywood Presbyterian in Los Angeles is yet another in an increasing number of attacks against the healthcare industry and again highlights the vulnerability of these patient-focused environments. For years, retailers and others involved in processing credit card transactions were the juicy targets of choice, but the industry took great […]

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

Kurt Hagerman has over twenty-five years in the field of information technology, including over 6 years as Chief Information Security Officer at 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.

Feb 162016

Security vs. Compliance

| Chief Information Security Officer

There’s one problem that surfaces again and again, regardless of which regulatory standard (e.g., PCI, HIPAA, etc.) we discuss: failing to understand the difference between compliance and security. Sometimes organizations think they’re the same thing; sometimes they get so consumed by complicated regulations that they stop focusing on security altogether. Using PCI as an example, […]

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

Kurt Hagerman has over twenty-five years in the field of information technology, including over 6 years as Chief Information Security Officer at 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.

Feb 102016

What is the Cyber Security National Action Plan (CNAP)?

Fresh from December’s passage of the Cyber Security Act of 2015, the White House and President Barack Obama double down on cyber security policy with the announcement of the Cyber Security National Action Plan (CNAP), which calls for an increase in federal funding to more than $19 billion. The proposed plan (full details below) emphasizes […]

Feb 92016

Cyber Security Leaders Are Driven to Protect

Many cyber security professionals are passionate about their careers. Often, this stems from a drive to protect the innocent or unassuming from nefarious threat actors. Unsurprising, this trait is also found in Armor’s cyber security professionals. This is the focus of CSO’s latest story, “What to love about your IT security job,” which features cyber […]

Feb 82016

CRN: Armor Top ‘20 Coolest Cloud Infrastructure Vendors of 2016’

As CRN recaps, “2015 was a transformative year for cloud providers, one in which the industry matured and the provider landscape settled.” Some vendors grew. Hopeful startups collapsed. Others simply absorbed. As market positions were gobbled up, a handful of the elite remain — now standing taller and stronger than ever. One such provider is […]