June 2018

June 2018

Jun 282018

Mid-Year Cybersecurity Threat Update

| Senior Threat Intel Analyst

The cybersecurity underground is not stagnant. Attackers are continuously innovating to find new ways to make money and exploit any weaknesses available.   When we released the Black Market Report in March, the Armor Threat Resistance Unit (TRU) research team  revealed the varying costs of personal data in the underground, as well as the thriving market for cybercrime-as-a-service. Throughout the first half of 2018  though, other trends have emerged. Most notably, the increasing interest […]

Corey Milligan

Senior Threat Intel Analyst

Corey has more than 18 years of IT experience. Before coming to Armor, he worked his way up the Army ranks, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer and one of the Army’s first Cyber Operations Technicians. He holds some of the industries most sought after certifications including CISSP, GCIA, GNFA, and GCTI. As a member of Armor’s Threat Response Unit, Corey provides threat intelligence support to the SOC and other divisions as needed, enhancing their efforts by collecting and analyzing open and closed source threat intelligence feeds, reporting on priority threats, identifying IOCs in support of network monitoring and incident response, and analyzing logs to identify hidden threats.

Jun 262018

You Can’t Afford a Cyberattack

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

When it comes to physical threats, business decision makers and executives are quick to invest in preventative measures that will thwart attacks. Whether it’s putting locks on front doors, storing critical materials in a safe or buying insurance, it’s easy to spend money on asset protection when there’s a tangible threat. When it comes to […]

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).

Jun 212018

Log Management: A Security Necessity

| Director of Product Marketing

Talk to security professionals about log management, and they will likely speak of the proliferation of sources of information generating logs, which their company does not have the resources to review, digest and correlate to identify security incidents and anomalous behavior. Then there’s the matter of understanding the value of the information itself and figuring out what is important […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.

Jun 192018

Retail Cybersecurity: Protecting Customer Data

| Chief Information Security Officer

Everyday across the globe, consumers are handing over personal information with a swipe of a credit or debit card, and/or by filling out retailer-generated forms. This information is helping retailers better understand and reach customers through their marketing efforts and business analytics. But how exactly are retailers protecting all the data they’re accumulating? Threats to […]

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.

Jun 142018

Biometric Authentication: Is It Effective?

| Lead Ethical Hacker

In today’s world of security concerns, multifactor authentication plays a large role in proving one’s identity. The requirements of multifactor authentication include verifying what you have (such as a key, document or badge), what you know (like a name, password or secret) and who you are (such as a fingerprint or facial features). Being able to verify […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Lead Ethical Hacker

As Lead Ethical Hacker at Armor, Chris Hinkley utilizes a decade of security expertise to design, test and deploy next generation security processes and techniques for the cloud. His work at Armor was instrumental in Armor being one of the first cloud companies globally to achieve PCI DSS compliance. Prior to Armor, Hinkley worked as a Web Developer for TargetScope, an interactive marketing and Web development company. In that role he created everything from website animations to complex and dynamic product configurations using the latest technology and development frameworks. With Armor, Hinkley has held a number of security and technology-related roles, including security engineer, lead engineer and support manager. In those roles he has serviced thousands of FireHost customer servers, including Windows and Linux, and overseen the security of all hosting environments to meet PCI, HIPAA and other compliance guidelines. Hinkley is a sought after speaker and author on cloud, security and open source topics, publishing regular columns in SecurityWeek and other industry magazines. Hinkley is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Jun 122018

Reality or Hollywood: Cyberattacks in Pop Culture

| Lead Ethical Hacker

It’s well-known and accepted that Hollywood has a knack for being dramatic and embellishing real-life scenarios for the sake of ratings. One topic that’s often grossly misrepresented is cybersecurity and cyberattacks. Somewhere between the stereotypes of a loner dwelling in a dark basement and embedding false information into someone’s brain tissue, lies the truth about […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Lead Ethical Hacker

As Lead Ethical Hacker at Armor, Chris Hinkley utilizes a decade of security expertise to design, test and deploy next generation security processes and techniques for the cloud. His work at Armor was instrumental in Armor being one of the first cloud companies globally to achieve PCI DSS compliance. Prior to Armor, Hinkley worked as a Web Developer for TargetScope, an interactive marketing and Web development company. In that role he created everything from website animations to complex and dynamic product configurations using the latest technology and development frameworks. With Armor, Hinkley has held a number of security and technology-related roles, including security engineer, lead engineer and support manager. In those roles he has serviced thousands of FireHost customer servers, including Windows and Linux, and overseen the security of all hosting environments to meet PCI, HIPAA and other compliance guidelines. Hinkley is a sought after speaker and author on cloud, security and open source topics, publishing regular columns in SecurityWeek and other industry magazines. Hinkley is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Jun 72018

Re-Evaluating Dwell Time and Incident Response

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

At Armor, we interpret the term ‘dwell time’ to mean the duration a threat is present on a protected system until it has been remediated. However, several security service providers (This generically covers managed security services providers (MSSP), managed detection and response (MDR), and security as a service (SECaaS)) have viewed dwell time in a […]

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).

Jun 52018

On Cloud Nine: The Past, Present & Future of Cloud Computing

It took 100+ years from the time the first computer was born, to the delivery of computing services over the Internet; a business model beautifully conceptualized as “the cloud.” While the earliest computers were invented back in the 1800s to crunch numbers using punch cards, the invention of the modern-day computer is generally attributed to […]