March 2019

March 2019

Mar 282019

Protecting Your Virtual Assets from Physical Threats

Where there’s a will, there’s a way—and, for black hat hackers, there’s always a will and a way to get what they’re after. As a decision maker or IT professional in your organization, you’ve likely set up strong defenses against virtual threats facing your network, such as phishing, social engineering, business email compromise scams, etc. […]

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

Mar 252019

What are CSPM tools?

| Senior Product Marketing Manager

We’ve written about cloud security posture management (CSPM) before, briefly discussing some of the benefits this service can provide. But we’ve watched these services quickly evolve, even over the last few months, and we want to take a further look at the tools that comprise CSPM, the value they add to cloud security and compliance […]

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David Lorti

Senior Product Marketing Manager

David Lorti is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Armor. He is responsible for market and competitive analysis, sales enablement and go-to-market for new Armor offerings related to Armor’s Armor Anywhere solution. He has long-standing experience in the cybersecurity and technology industry launching cloud security and managed security, security and risk consulting, threat intelligence and incident response offerings. He graduated with a Masters of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University.

Mar 212019

The Ripple Effect of GDPR: Webinar

| Senior Counsel and Director of the Legal Department

In May 2018, the European Union (EU) enacted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a sweeping overhaul of the EU’s data privacy laws that reshaped the way organizations across the region and globe approach data privacy. In two previous blogs—The Aftershock of GDPR, Part 1 and Tokenization + Security-as-a-Service, Part 2—we provided an overview of […]

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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.

Mar 192019

Best Practices: Asset Management

| Head of Threat Resistance

Technology is becoming more sophisticated and advancing businesses of all sizes every day. So much so that companies are increasing their IT budgets to keep up with customers, competitors, and industry demands. In fact, according to SpiceWorks’ 2019 State of IT report, 89% of businesses expect IT budgets to grow or remain steady this year. […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Head of Threat Resistance

As Head of Threat Resistance 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, support manager and lead ethical hacker. 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).

Mar 142019

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning: Securing the Latest Wave of Innovation— Part 2

| VP of Product

“Anything that could give rise to smarter-than-human intelligence—in the form of artificial intelligence, brain-computer interfaces, or neuroscience-based human intelligence enhancement—wins hands down beyond contest as doing the most to change the world. Nothing else is even in the same league.” –Eliezer Yudkowsky Our last blog, which was the first in this 2-part series covering artificial […]

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.

Mar 122019

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning: Securing The Latest Wave of Innovation – Part 1

| VP of Product

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are currently hot topics in most industries. These buzzwords generally elicit immediate and emotional responses, which tend to fall in opposing camps. One response is characterized by the eternal hope and optimism that AI and ML will allow the automation of mundane or repetitive tasks, freeing humans to […]

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.

Mar 72019

Cybersecurity Best Practice: Storing Necessary Data

| Threat Intelligence Analyst

If a cybercriminal breaks into your network, what will they find? Will they find medical information, credit card data, or other forms of personally identifiable information (PII) that will create a problem for your customers and employees, or do you only keep the data that you truly need? Are there decades worth of collected data, […]

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.

Mar 52019

Securing Your Company’s Communication Channels

You’re likely no stranger to the saying, “if these walls could talk,” and have been thankful a time or two that they can’t. But, what about the virtual walls, or more so, the internal communication channels your employees use daily—can they talk? Unfortunately, with the combination of a persistent threat actor and improper security for […]

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