December 2017

December 2017

Dec 282017

The Cost of a Data Breach: What CFOs Should Know about Cybersecurity Risks

| Head of Security

Historically, if you were to ask most chief financial officers (CFOs) about cybersecurity, they would respond with a quick “sorry, not my department.” However, the numbers don’t lie. A joint Centrify and Ponemon report found that on the day a breach is disclosed, the share value index drops an average of 5%. Companies with a high […]

Wayne Reynolds

Head of Security

Head 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 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 including Conde Nast Publication, Copart Auto Auctions, Aerojet-Rocketdyne, Citi Group, and GameStop.

Dec 262017

2018 CISO Top Priority: Data-at-Rest Encryption for Mobile Devices

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

The amount of data enterprises manage and store continues to explode, and there is no end in sight. Keeping pace with that growth is not easy, especially when it comes to security. Between external attackers, malicious insiders and employee mistakes, data often finds a way of leaking into the public domain.  In this climate, encryption is […]

Troy Dearing

Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Troy Dearing is the Head of the Threat Resistance Unit and oversees all cyber threat intelligence & threat hunting initiatives. He initially joined Armor’s TRU as a Senior Ethical Hacker leveraging 22 years of expertise in IT and cyber security.

Before joining Armor, Troy was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing Computer Network Exploitation operations. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service with distinction serving as a network intelligence subject matter expert, instrumental in the creation of a service level course on network exploitation and analysis. Early in his career he was selected for an internship at the NSA’s Red Team which established his foundation in cyber security expertise. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College attaining his Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Troy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Dec 212017

Dwell Time: A Cybersecurity Metric

How do security professionals know they’re successful in protecting and defending their data? While we rely on several cybersecurity metrics to measure the effectiveness of our efforts, there’s one in particular that many of us here at Armor are passionate about. It’s called dwell time.   What is dwell time and why does it matter?  Dwell time is the duration a threat actor has undetected access in a network until it’s completely removed. Currently […]

Dec 192017

S.O.S. – Addressing Shiny Object Syndrome with Business Leaders, Part 3

| Chief Information Security Officer

In the final installment of this S.O.S. blog series, we will cover the organization-level efforts you can take to help combat Shiny Object Syndrome within your company’s cyber security program.  As we mentioned in the first part of the series, one of the main causes of S.O.S. is the increased awareness and focus by boards of directors and […]

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.

Dec 142017

Think It, Build It, Secure It: The Spartan Story

Part of the potential of digital transformation is the ability to utilize technology to make businesses more agile and efficient, making cloud computing a natural component of that strategy. Today’s businesses want to be able to build their capabilities as fast as they can spin up a virtual machine. Think It, Build It, Secure It […]

Dec 122017

S.O.S. – Advice for Combating Shiny Object Syndrome, Part 2

| Chief Information Security Officer

In the first part of this blog series, we discussed what Shiny Object Syndrome is, how it comes to be and what effect it can have on your organization’s information security program. This blog provides more detail about how organizations can combat S.O.S. at the foundational security practice level by focusing on: network segmentation, access […]

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.

Dec 72017

The Power of Community: Threat Intelligence at the Speed of Cloud

There is increasing awareness that threat intelligence is a vital part of security. But having knowledge and leveraging it to protect your environment effectively is not the same thing.  If only it were as simple as buying a list of IP addresses and domain names to blacklist. Threat intelligence is not just information, it is […]

Dec 52017

S.O.S. – Why Shiny Object Syndrome Is the Enemy of Security, Part 1

| Chief Information Security Officer

What is Shiny Object Syndrome and What Does It Have to Do with Information Security? There are many descriptions for S.O.S. out there, but the following may be the most concise I’ve seen: “Shiny Object Syndrome (Objectivius Shinium Syndromus) is defined as the attraction to objects that exhibit a glassy, polished, gleaming or otherwise shiny […]

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.