January 2019

January 2019

Jan 312019

Women in Cybersecurity: Nancy Free

A Conversation with Nancy Free, Armor’s Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer as well as Head of Governance, Risk Management and Compliance (GRC) and Privacy It’s been estimated that more than 1 million security jobs are unfilled. Further, the international cybersecurity non-profit ISC2 reports that, of the currently employed cybersecurity professionals, women represent only 11% […]

Jan 292019

Cyberthreats Against Cloud Data

In the past year and a half, there has been no shortage of news reports on security incidents involving unsecured cloud services. For example, in Fall 2017, news broke that Accenture, one of the leading global consulting and management firms, accidently left 4 AWS S3 storage buckets open to the public. This essentially gave anyone […]

Jan 232019

Cybersecurity Checklist

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

2018 had its share of cybersecurity drama—Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, installation of malicious computer chips within the hardware supply chain, major breaches, and data exposures due to misconfigurations and errors in the public cloud. All this and more sparked several predictions of what’s likely to unfold in 2019, including increased accountability regarding regulatory compliance, security […]

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).

Jan 222019

Women in cybersecurity: Marilyne Mendolla

Women have made significant progress in cybersecurity over the 6 years since Frost and Sullivan’s 2013 survey, which found that female workers made up just 11% of the global cybersecurity workforce. Today, that number has nearly doubled to 20%, according to CyberSecurity Ventures. That leaves room for improvement, however, since research shows that diverse teams […]

Jan 172019

The Legal Side of Cybersecurity

| Senior Counsel and Director of the Legal Department

When discussing cybersecurity, what usually comes to mind are threats like malware, DDoS attacks, and malicious activity, as well as countermeasures like firewalls, encryption, and antimalware solutions — all of which make up the technical side of cybersecurity. But there’s another equally important aspect of cybersecurity handled by lawyers and legislators instead of CISOs, SOC […]

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Skyla Johnson

Senior Counsel and Director of the Legal Department

Skyla R. Johnson is Senior Counsel and Director of the Legal Department at Armor Defense Inc., an international cyber security organization where she serves as lead security and privacy counsel. Skyla has worked extensively in matters involving complex data security and data privacy law issues, including advising companies when responding to security breach incidents. During her career she has also served as in-house counsel for large companies in both the technology and financial services industries. Skyla earned her J.D. from Southern University Law Center, and her B.A. in economics from Howard University. She is admitted to the Texas Bar.

Jan 152019

Cybersecurity for Accounting & Finance Leaders– Embark Partner Blog

It’s the new year, which means new budgets for enterprises! With cyberattacks being one of the top 3 financial risks facing businesses today, financial leaders can ill-afford to overlook cybersecurity as a serious component of 2019 planning. We recently teamed up with our partners at Embark to develop the following blog providing best practices for […]

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Guest authors comprise of Armor's strategic partners, technology partners, clients and experts in the cybersecurity industry.

Jan 102019

Effective Internal Audit Procedures Strengthen Your Cybersecurity – Embark Partner Blog

Are you haunted by all the need-to-be-checked boxes that come with an audit? Internal auditors know that not meeting compliance equals more than just a hefty fine, it also opens doors for hackers to infiltrate your environment. We recently teamed up with our partners at Embark to bring you a blog filled with guidelines on […]

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Guest authors comprise of Armor's strategic partners, technology partners, clients and experts in the cybersecurity industry.

Jan 82019

Armor’s Best of Blogs

The beginning of a new year is always a great time to plan for the road ahead by reflecting on the successes from the past 365 days, and that’s what we’re doing now. 2018 was an attention-grabbing year in the cyberworld! Ever-emerging risks and trends, along with new security solutions and industry insights, provided us […]

Jan 32019

Year in Review and 2019 Outlook

| VP of Product

Happy New Year! The beginning of a new year is a great time for both reflection and forecasting. Looking back on the past 12 months, the cybersecurity landscape is no less rocky than it was in previous years. However, by examining the terrain, organizations can get a handle not only on current threats, but those […]

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.