May 2018

May 2018

May 312018

Financial | NYCRR 500 Compliance & Security

| Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

It’s nerve-wracking. You are sitting at your desk and receive notification from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). The notice tells you your organization failed to file a cybersecurity regulation Certification of Compliance under 23 NYCRR 500. The NYDFS is saying that failing to submit a Certification of Compliance will be taken as […]

Nancy Free

Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

Nancy Free, Armor's Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer, has over 20 years of IT experience, including IT governance, risk, compliance, and audit. She has spent over 15 years in the IT Security field leading IT and compliance teams in a variety of industries, including: energy, transportation, construction, mortgage lending, healthcare, and retail.

May 292018

Containers & Cybersecurity: Automation is Key

| Director of U.S. Sales

Let’s face it – containers are at the forefront of virtualization technology, a somewhat new paradigm for DevOps and agile organizations across our industry. We spoke with several organizations who have shed apprehension around the technology, stepped off the edge and plunged directly into containers, as well as companies just dipping their toes. Through this, […]

Derek Boxdell

Director of U.S. Sales

Derek serves as the Director of U.S. sales at Armor. He is responsible for guiding his team of consultants in helping clients solve business-related challenges, whether it's security, compliance or public/private cloud. With more than 10 years in the public cloud, cybersecurity and IT industry, he's seen the landscape evolve as industries continue to innovate, and is able to help his consultants create an ecosystem inclusive of transparency and candor. It's not at all unusual for him to get in, roll up his sleeves and help prospects make the right decision for their business strategies. Prior to joining Armor he served as the VP of Sales, Channels and Partners for FortyCloud, and was charged with driving revenue growth and awareness, ultimately culminating in acquisition by FireMon in 2016.

May 242018

SOC Strategy: Let’s Put Down the Hammer

Pinterest, HGTV, and easy-to-follow YouTube videos have made do-it-yourself (DIY) projects increasingly popular over the past several years. While we all like to think of ourselves as capable DYI-ers, should the security of your organization really be something you entrust to anyone other than an experienced professional? While there’s no silver bullet when it comes […]

May 222018

#ArmorU | A Cybersecurity Poll Series

Last year, we launched our first annual #ArmorU poll series to learn more about what businesses know and think regarding cloud data storage and cybersecurity in the cloud.  From June to September, we posted a different targeted question each week on Twitter– and the participation rate far exceeded our expectations.  By the end of the […]

May 172018

On Cloud Nine: Three Ways Cloud Improves Business

| VP of Product

“Work smarter, not harder” – that’s the saying, right? Executives are constantly seeking new marketplace advantages over competitors to put themselves one step ahead. Whether it be the latest and greatest in innovation, offering improved customer service or simply streamlining logistics for better efficiency, there’s always something to make a company stronger. However, gaining a […]

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.

May 152018

HIPAA Compliance: Elevating How We Protect Patient Data

| Chief Information Security Officer

Just as compliance does not equal security, the same can be said in reverse – security does not ensure compliance. In 1996, a lengthy manifesto known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed into law to improve the portability and accountability of health insurance coverage for employees between jobs. Since its […]

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.

May 102018

Cybersecurity Operations Center: To Build or Not to Build?

You’ve probably thought about building a cybersecurity operations center (SOC) for your business at some point, but once most companies do, they realize they can’t handle it. The annual cost and resources required to maintain DIY cybersecurity is almost always more than what companies expect, and because there’s a dearth of security experts, there aren’t […]

May 82018

Looking Back on High-Profile Cybersecurity Attacks

| Head of Security

Nearly one year ago, on May 12, 2017, WannaCry ransomware successfully compromised more than 400,000 computers and servers running Microsoft Windows. The cybersecurity attack paralyzed healthcare systems, government agencies, universities and many other industries in more than 150 countries with the total cost of damages estimated at nearly $1 billion. Several weeks later, Microsoft Windows […]

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.

May 32018

The Good, Bad & Ugly of IoT Security

Through smart integrations of electronics, sensors and connectivity, the internet of things (IoT) has enabled us to automate an increasing number of day-to-day tasks. On the flip side, it’s also bringing in new threats. In fact, it didn’t take much time for IoT devices to be responsible for some of the largest DDoS attacks in […]

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May 12018

The Anatomy of a Cybersecurity Attack

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

As technology becomes more sophisticated, so do hackers and the tools they use to get their hands on sensitive data. In the past several years, we’ve seen a rise in cybersecurity attacks and data breaches as cybercriminals successfully infiltrate companies using everything in their toolkits from malware and ransomware to social engineering tactics. Why you […]

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).