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Jan 212020

How to Secure AWS: Advanced Strategies and Best Practices

| Head of Alliances

Securing an Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployment can be complicated, but you can lessen the effort with the right approach and strategy. After a decade of working with companies to secure their infrastructure (including our product that helps to protect AWS customers), we at Armor have learned a lot about how to secure cloud applications. […]

Stan Golubchik

Head of Alliances

Stan is responsible for driving Technical and Strategic business development and Go-To-Market relationships as they pertain to partnerships with Armor. He looks to identify and incubate deeper solution integrations from micro-services to comprehensive security solutions interoperability.  

Possessing rich experiences and acumen to identify technical and business objective intersects, he drives overall business growth and solutions delivery. This is achieved by bringing a wide array of experience from sales engineering, technical marketing management, and security solutions architectural experience. Successful relationship growth has been achieved through cloud service providers, and extensive ISV ecosystems.

Jan 92020

Cloud Security Tools: What You Need to Be Compliant and Secure

| VP of Product

When picking what security tools you need to secure your cloud application, you’ll soon find out that there are an enormous amount of options. There are hundreds, possibly thousands, of quality security tools in existence, many of which have different responsibilities. Since securing a cloud computing deployment is complex and there are many tools out […]

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.

Dec 302019

Top 10 Ransomware Stories of 2019

| Senior Writer & Researcher

In this final month, it’s time to declare 2019 the Year of Ransomware Escalation. The proliferation of attacks and the move by threat actors to target large companies and public institutions in the US and abroad marks a turning point in the evolution of this digital scourge. Throughout 2018 ransomware volumes had been on the […]

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Michael Mayes

Senior Writer & Researcher

Dec 182019

Secure Left: Security and SaaS Product Development in the New Reality

| Senior Writer & Researcher

At Armor, we simplify security and compliance for SaaS providers, securing workloads in the cloud from intrusion, theft and exposure. “Shift Left” testing methodologies that emerged in the early 2000s helped SaaS developers address an important reality: waterfall approaches to development were unable to meet the demanding needs of accelerated technology and competition. But today’s […]

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Michael Mayes

Senior Writer & Researcher

Dec 102019

How to Pass a PCI Compliance Audit Quickly, While Also Becoming More Secure

| Director of Customer Compliance

At Armor, we’ve helped many companies over the years become PCI compliant and pass their audits. We’ve learned that while PCI compliance is complicated, you can become compliant in a decent amount of time. Furthermore, becoming PCI compliant can help your business become more secure, which is the whole point of PCI compliance. If you […]

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Mike Annand

Director of Customer Compliance

Mike Annand serves as the Director of Customer Compliance at Armor. Mike has over 20 years of IT Operations and compliance related experience. He is a trusted advisor to Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA, HITRUST, ISO-27001 and SOC. Mike has spent time implementing security controls in the retail, banking and energy sectors, as well as several years as a security assessor and practice manager.

Dec 32019

How to Attain HITRUST Compliance in Less Time

| Director of Customer Compliance

At Armor, we’ve helped over 1,000 companies become more secure, many of which became HITRUST certified. We’ve learned that while HITRUST compliance is complicated, you can become HITRUST certified in less time with the right approach. Unfortunately, some infrastructure companies state in their marketing that all you need to do is to use their technology […]

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Mike Annand

Director of Customer Compliance

Mike Annand serves as the Director of Customer Compliance at Armor. Mike has over 20 years of IT Operations and compliance related experience. He is a trusted advisor to Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA, HITRUST, ISO-27001 and SOC. Mike has spent time implementing security controls in the retail, banking and energy sectors, as well as several years as a security assessor and practice manager.

Nov 212019

Know your KPIs: Are Containers the Right Approach? – Technologent Partner Blog

Justin Zimmer | Solutions Architect, Technologent  In a recent blog written and shared by Armor’s partner, Technologent, customers learned how containers—a packaged unit of application code and its dependencies enabling applications to run quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another—and Containers-as-a-Service fit into the cloud computing stack. “CaaS solutions simplify the process of […]

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

Nov 192019

A CTO’s View: Building a Secure Cloud Migration Framework – Cloudnexa Partner Blog

MJ Diberardino | CEO, Cloudnexa & Josh Bosquez | CTO, Armor Throughout the past decade, cloud computing has completely revolutionized the way companies conduct business. No longer does the cloud only benefit IT teams. Today, it enables business processes throughout entire organizations, offering teams and companies speed, agility, scalability, cost savings, and much more. Despite […]

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

Nov 142019

Companies Have Too Many Security Tools. Here’s How We’re Solving That.

| VP of Product

The average enterprise has 75 security tools. Since every security tool sends warnings when unusual activity takes place, the result is that businesses are bombarded with an incredible number of alerts. What do most companies about all these alerts? Selectively ignore them. There simply isn’t enough manpower to investigate every single alert that a company […]

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.

Oct 312019

Achieving PCI Compliance on AWS Is More Involved Than You Think

| Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

Some of our potential clients think that simply putting their applications and/or data on a cloud service like Amazon Web Services (AWS) is enough to become PCI compliant, but it’s actually more involved. While AWS has done what it can to make its offering follow PCI regulations, hosting on the AWS cloud is just the […]

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.

Oct 222019

On-Premise to Cloud Migration: Advanced Strategies and Pitfalls to Avoid

| VP of Product

For any organization considering its first venture into on premise to cloud migration of data and legacy applications, management will find no shortage of introductory literature on the subject.  The problem, however, is that much of the existing literature is just that – an introduction.  It tends to take the form of generalized overviews, summaries […]

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.

Oct 172019

Ransomware in Healthcare: The Risks. The Remedies.

| Head of Threat Resistance

Ransomware—a form of malware, or a virus, that encrypts and prevents users from accessing their systems or data until a sum of money is paid—is continuing to wreak havoc on organizations worldwide. In fact, there have been more than 200 publicly identified cases of ransomware in the U.S. alone since January. And, most recently, on […]

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).

Oct 102019

Cybersecurity in a Work-from-Home Culture

| Head of Threat Resistance

Cybersecurity in a Work-from-Home Culture More people are telecommuting for work these days. In fact, as of 2017, 3.7 million people worked from home at least half the time—a 115% increase since 2005—according to FlexJobs and Global Workplace Analytics, “State of Telecommuting 2017.” The benefits of working from home are reaped by both the employee […]

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).

Oct 32019

HIPAA Compliant Hosting Is More Complicated Than You Think

| Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

Some of our potential clients think that choosing the right cloud hosting provider is all you need to do to become HIPAA (short for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliant, but it’s actually more involved. While the right hosting provider is important, it’s just the first step to achieving HIPAA compliance. Having compliant web […]

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.

Oct 12019

Data Manipulation vs. Data Theft

| Senior Product Marketing Manager

In summer 2018, a disgruntled employee of Tesla hacked into the company’s manufacturing operating system, illegally sharing proprietary data and modifying Tesla factories’ software to disrupt manufacturing. The attack included both data theft—that is, exfiltrating information about Tesla’s factory operations and sending that information to unauthorized third parties—and data manipulation, which involved changing data within […]

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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.