September 2017

September 2017

Sep 272017

Onboarding and Enablement: Better Together

There’s a saying, “You will never get a second chance to make a first impression.” With anything new comes excitement around possibilities and eagerness to get started. However, making sure that a supplier relationship gets off on the right foot means starting strong with onboarding and enablement. These are often lumped together as one process, […]

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Sep 222017

Getting Past the Noise: The Reality of the Equifax Breach

With yet another data breach hitting the news, this time with Equifax, it seems like the public has become somewhat desensitized to the consequences of major events. It’s just money, right? Actually, it’s more than that: these criminal activities provide substantial monetary gains at the expense of human lives.

Flavio Andrade, Vice President, Product Marketing, Armor, takes a look at where the profits from data breaches go and how no one can be indifferent to these events.

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

| 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 […]

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 Resistance 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 Bachelor’s 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 and Offensive Security. (GCIH, GPEN, and OSCP).

Sep 82017

Equifax Breach – Armor’s Take

| 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

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 […]