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Feb 142019

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

| Director of Product Marketing

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

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing at Armor, assisting in bringing world-class cloud security to the AWS ecosystem. In previous roles, he served as the Director of Product for SandBox Commerce, Marketing and Sales Manager/MuvData Product Manager for The New Office, Inc., Management Consultant and Content Marketing Strategist for Twin Engine Labs, and Co-Founder of Good Market. 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 […]

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

| Director of Product Marketing

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

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing at Armor, assisting in bringing world-class cloud security to the AWS ecosystem. In previous roles, he served as the Director of Product for SandBox Commerce, Marketing and Sales Manager/MuvData Product Manager for The New Office, Inc., Management Consultant and Content Marketing Strategist for Twin Engine Labs, and Co-Founder of Good Market. Ryan holds a PhD in Mass Media and Communication Studies from European Graduate School.

Dec 272018

From Civilian to Cyberwarrior

| Senior Security Architect

Every time a cyber-incident makes headlines, or a business prepares for a security audit, industry professionals are reminded of the sizable cybersecurity skills gap IT departments, decision makers and security companies are facing. Fortunately, the rapidly growing demand for cybersecurity talent is attracting more interested individuals. However, many are unsure of the best steps to […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of 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).

Dec 192018

Smart Life: Don’t Be Dumb with Your Smart Devices

| Senior Ethical Hacker

With the holiday season approaching, it’s becoming clearer how much the Internet of Things (IoT) has expanded and how little many people (and companies) are paying attention to smart device security. Learn more.

Geoffrey Pamerleau

Senior Ethical Hacker

Geoffrey Pamerleau joined Armor as a senior ethical hacker bringing 10 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Geoff was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing computer network exploitation operations. He served in the United States Air Force with distinction as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. Prior to his commission, Geoff received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a focus on Cyberwarfare from the United States Air Force Academy. While there, Geoff was a member of the Academy’s Cyber Warfare Club and competed in National and International information security competitions. Geoff has certifications in incident handling and penetration testing from SANS and Offensive Security. (GCIH, GPEN, and OSCP).