February 2018

February 2018

Feb 272018

Security-as-a-Service: The Next Generation of MSSPs

Corporate security teams are fighting battles on two major fronts. On one side, they’re facing an onslaught of cyber threats. And on the other, they must deal with the increasing complexities of technology sprawl, as the constant need for innovation and improvements to customer experiences is making it that much harder on security teams. But […]

Feb 222018

The Forgotten Cybersecurity Threat: Insider Misuse

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

An old proverb states, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” We’re willing to bet this proverb wasn’t referring to cybersecurity when it originally came to be. When you think about it, though, it’s highly applicable to one of the biggest threats facing businesses today: insider misuse. Over-trusting and unaware employees act with […]

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).

Feb 202018

Don’t Think IaaS. Think Cloud.

| Account Executive

New and seasoned business owners of technology companies are often consumed with building the best and brightest cloud applications. So much so that the process and go-to-market (GTM) strategy can be rushed, resulting in applications being built with the more familiar Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering vs. exploring all the cloud-native services (PaaS) that are available in […]

Cody Sandone

Account Executive

With more than 10 years in sales roles, Cody is responsible for helping businesses and clients navigate security and compliance challenges associated with hosting sensitive data across on-prem, public or private cloud environments, as part of their decision-buying process for Armor's offerings. In addition, Cody founded and owns Sandone Enterprises LLC, an industrial recycling brokerage services firm, and previously worked for AAA Recycling and Impact Realty Group, LLC.

Feb 152018

Migrating to the Cloud: Debunking the Myths

| VP of Product

Misconceptions around cloud migration and security are making it difficult for businesses to complete or even begin their own cloud journey. Unless you’re able to separate the myths from the facts, it will take a while before you can start reaping the rewards of your cloud endeavors, if at all. The goal of this article […]

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.

Feb 132018

Information Security: The Gaps that Exist

| Head of Security

Too many cooks spoil the broth. A similar thought applies to the information security space, where the plethora of security vendors are sowing even more confusion among CISOs and IT professionals who are already overwhelmed by mounting threats, shrinking budgets and onerous compliance requirements. Consequences of the Silver Bullet Theory Over a year ago, the […]

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.

Feb 72018

If You Build It, They Will Hack It: The Impact on SMB Cybersecurity

| Head of Security

The internet is becoming an increasingly hostile place. The abundance of insecure IoT devices has made it easier than ever for bad actors to perform malicious actions without exposing their true source. As a result, the sheer volume of scanners and auto exploit kits in use practically guarantees that if a service comes up online, […]

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.

Feb 52018

Patching for Meltdown and Spectre: Still a Challenge But Low Risk

IT and cybersecurity professionals were greeted with a horrible 2018 New Year’s surprise when they returned to work after the holidays. Intel, the world’s largest supplier of Central Processor Unit (CPU) Chips, announced their hardware had two significant security flaws.  These security flaws potentially affect over 80% of IT systems globally and has been referred […]