February 2019

February 2019

Feb 282019

Best Practice Series: Response Plans

| Threat Intelligence Analyst

Responding quickly, calmly, and effectively to a security incident isn’t always easy. Emotions run high, and time is of the essence, having a detailed, well-thought-out response plan is so important. Planning your organization’s response, assigning tasks, and making sure everyone on your team is prepared can streamline the process, increase the likelihood of a successful […]

Eric Sifford

Threat Intelligence Analyst

Eric Sifford is a Threat Intelligence Analyst in Armor’s Threat Resistance Unit. Prior to joining the Armor Team, Eric was a senior cyber threat exercise planner with Bank of America where he was a collaborative inventor on two blockchain patents. During approximately 30 years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army, he served as an Avionics Technician, a Signals Intelligence Cryptologic Linguist (Arabic), a Human Intelligence Collection Technician, and a Cyber Counterintelligence Collection Technician. Eric graduated at the top of his class from Marine Corps Basic Training and U.S. Army Warrant Officer Candidate School. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Intelligence Studies from American Military University and was selected as the President’s Award recipient for his baccalaureate class. Eric is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), an Information Systems Security Engineering Professional (ISSEP), a Professional Certified Investigator (PCI); and he holds the GIAC Cyber Threat Intelligence (GCTI) certification.

Feb 262019

Cybersecurity Best Practice: Password Management

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Recently, the founder of QuadrigaCX, Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, unexpectedly passed away. Being the only person with the password to access an encrypted USB key that served as cold storage for the funds, roughly 115,000 clients were unable to retrieve $190 million in holdings. While this scenario—which is still playing out—is a rare and somewhat […]

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 212019

Certified Compliant vs. Actually Compliant

| Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

You’ve heard the chorus from CISO’s and cybersecurity professionals alike: “Compliance does not equal security.” Is it really true? Compliance is more of a minimum baseline to give reasonable assurance that companies are taking the basic steps to protect data. The bigger question is, are companies really compliant? Or are they doing just enough to […]

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.

Feb 192019

Cybersecurity Best Practices: Layered Security

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Knowing the necessary and appropriate cybersecurity controls to implement within your organization can be tricky, or at least cumbersome. There’s an overwhelming amount of tools and services available, as well as endless pieces of advice to keep in mind as you’re building your security program. In an effort to help make building, or refreshing, your […]

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 142019

Head in the Clouds: Security-as-a-Service

| VP of Product

When you consider all the moving pieces of your cloud security strategy—people, tools, processes, regulatory issues, etc.—is the total cost of ownership sustainable for your business? Do you have the right talent and tools in place to monitor, detect, and respond to threats in real time, 24/7/365? With limited budget and resources, companies are cobbling […]

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 82019

The most common reasons for data breaches in healthcare systems

With its vast amounts of stored patient data and expanding business footprint, the healthcare industry has been a hot commodity for cybercriminals for years. Despite healthcare expenditures on cybersecurity outpacing the global average, the 2018 Thales Data Threat Report states that nearly half (48%) of U.S. healthcare organizations reported a breach in 2017—well above the […]

Feb 72019

Achieving Security & Compliance in a Healthcare World

Healthcare organizations have been hit hard by data breaches over the last several years, creating a cybercrime wave that has cost organizations millions of dollars and put vast amounts of patient data at risk. In 2014, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems was breached twice, with hackers making off with the names, addresses, birthdates, and telephone numbers […]

Feb 52019

Women in Cybersecurity: Marie Garcia

A Conversation with Marie Garcia, Armor’s IT Compliance and Audit Manager Did you know that many of computer technology’s earliest innovators were women? In the 1840s, Ada Lovelace devised the first algorithm for Charles Babbage’s analytic machine, an early computer prototype. About three-quarters of the Bletchley Park team that broke the Nazis’ ENIGMA code during […]