September 2018

September 2018

Sep 272018

Cybersecurity’s Latest & Greatest: Advancements in the Industry

| Security Engineer

If the past two decades could be summed up in one word, it would be innovation. From the IoT to mobile applications, the axiom that the only constant is change rings true. The evolution of the digital landscape has made a dramatic impact on cybersecurity, with organizations tasked with maintaining security and compliance in more complex and […]

Sam Coronado

Security Engineer

As a Security Engineer for Armor, Sam Coronado has experience in development, systems administration, and AWS engineering, Coronado is passionate about Armor's ability to integrate cloud security into DevOps tooling and increase speed-to-market. He is an alumnus of the University of North Texas.

Sep 252018

From CISO to Board: Explaining Cybersecurity

| Head of Security

In my previous post, we discussed the intricacies involved when IT security managers communicate cybersecurity initiatives to their organizations’ C-level executives. We also gave some recommendations on how to win C-Suite support for those types of initiatives. Today, we take on the next level by discussing how a CISO or C-level executive should in turn communicate those initiatives to the company’s board of […]

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.

Sep 202018

Diving Deeper: Phishing & BEC Scams

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

We continue with our ‘Diving Deeper’ series by discussing attack vectors that take advantage of human gullibility through what is arguably the most widely used business application on the Internet – email. We start by going through a brief history and introduction of phishing, spear phishing, and BEC scams; talk about how they are impacting […]

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).

Sep 192018

Team Huddle: Fostering a Cybersecurity Culture

| Security Operations Center Director

Have you ever had a manager who rolls their eyes every time someone from a specific department sends a company-wide email, implements something new or speaks up during a meeting? You know what I’m talking about. How does it affect your attitude towards that department? I’m willing to bet that, at some point, you started rolling your eyes as well […]

Holly Dale

Security Operations Center Director

Holly Dale’s two decades in cybersecurity has led her to become the SOC Director at Armor. Prior to Armor, Holly held positions contracted to Oncor Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration under the Department of Energy (NNSA/DOE), including Information System Security Officer (ISSO) cyber security Subject Matter Expert (SME), Senior Security Analyst, Sr. Forensic Investigator, and Sr. Incident Responder. Holly was a founding member of NNSA's Information Assurance Response Center (IARC), as well as a member of the Secret Services's Las Vegas Electronic Crimes Task Force (LV-ECTF) and the FBI-led Nevada Cyber Crimes Task Force (NCCTF), working with numerous city, county, state and federal agencies in each task force.

Sep 132018

Protecting Customer Data from Beginning to End

| Chief Information Security Officer

Effectively collecting and leveraging customer data gives companies a distinct advantage for sales and marketing initiatives. Capturing the demographics of shoppers for example can lead to more targeted advertising, which in turn can lead to a bigger bottom line. But while the benefits of collecting data are significant, it also introduces privacy and security concerns […]

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.

Sep 112018

Diving Deeper: DDoS Attacks

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks are not the most sophisticated attacks to launch, but they certainly can be costly. They cause outages, force businesses to take down their websites, and frustrate both e-commerce customers and businesses.   A favorite weapon of hacktivists, DDoS is an effective tool for anyone looking to disrupt an organization’s operations, whether they are disgruntled former employees […]

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).

Sep 62018

Cybersecurity Training: Having “The Talk”

| Security Operations Center Director

Every organization has its list of must-have conversations with employees. Some are more difficult or necessary than others. Some are a bit more lighthearted and easy-going, but still important.   Perhaps one of the most important discussions executives can have with members of their teams is the one about cybersecurity. Kaspersky Lab recently found that employee carelessness accounted for 46% of data breaches in 2017. This […]

Holly Dale

Security Operations Center Director

Holly Dale’s two decades in cybersecurity has led her to become the SOC Director at Armor. Prior to Armor, Holly held positions contracted to Oncor Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration under the Department of Energy (NNSA/DOE), including Information System Security Officer (ISSO) cyber security Subject Matter Expert (SME), Senior Security Analyst, Sr. Forensic Investigator, and Sr. Incident Responder. Holly was a founding member of NNSA's Information Assurance Response Center (IARC), as well as a member of the Secret Services's Las Vegas Electronic Crimes Task Force (LV-ECTF) and the FBI-led Nevada Cyber Crimes Task Force (NCCTF), working with numerous city, county, state and federal agencies in each task force.

Sep 42018

BC/DR: Use Cases & Analysis

| Solutions Consultant

Now that you have finished choosing business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) services for your cloud, your next step is to analyze and implement those services in a way that best meets your business’ needs. Analysis and assessment A business impact analysis (BIA) and a risk assessment are two crucial ingredients in planning your next steps. The […]

Alex Humphrey

Solutions Consultant

Alex Humphrey serves as a Solutions Consultant at Armor. He is responsible for working with customers globally to build world-class server security and compliance for cloud, on-premise, and hybrid ecosystems. He previously worked as the Information Security Engineer Team Lead for Mary Kay where he was responsible for all aspects of server and endpoint security in both on-premise and cloud environments. He graduated Cum Laude from The University of Texas at Dallas attaining his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
and Management.