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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.

Sep 262019

Staying Vigilant in an Assume Breach Mentality Society

| Head of Incident Response and Forensics

In today’s sophisticated threat landscape, network defenses can become obsolete just as quickly as they’re developed. As a result, accepting cyberattacks as inevitable has become vitally important for CISOs. Adopting an assume breach mentality—accepting and planning for when, not if a data breach will occur in your environment—shifts focus away from traditional perimeter defenses, towards […]

Kevin Dickinson

Head of Incident Response and Forensics

Kevin Dickinson is the Head of Armor's Incident Response and Forensics division and brings 10 years of experience in computer forensics and security to the organization. His team works closely together with Armor's Threat Resistance Unit (TRU) and Indications and Warnings (I&W) teams to stay abreast of the rapidly evolving threat landscape and provide resolution on a wide-range of security issues. Kevin demonstrates a strong understanding of attacker techniques and methodologies, providing a uniquely qualified perspective in identifying and investigating potential security incidents and minimizing threat actors. Kevin is a GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP).

Sep 232019

How Cybercrime-as-a-Service Is Growing the Black Market

| Head of Threat Resistance

Most likely, you’re familiar with terms such as “software-as-a-service” (SaaS), “security-as-a-service” (SECaaS), “platform-as-a-service” (PaaS) and other anything-as-a-service (XaaS) concepts. According to Search Cloud Computing, XaaS recognizes the vast number of products, tools, and technologies that vendors now deliver to users as a service over a network—typically the internet. One you may not be familiar with […]

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).

Sep 102019

The Rising Need for Cyber Insurance

| Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

Earlier this year, Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest aluminum producers, was hit by the ransomware virus LockerGoga. Production shut down across 40 countries, and some 35,000 employees were warned not to use computers, laptops, or cell phones of any kind. Norsk Hydro’s losses included not just the direct costs of removing the virus, […]

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.

Sep 32019

Mid-Year Review: Industry Perspective Part 2

| Head of Threat Resistance

From the Capital One breach that exposed 106 million customer’s data to the theft of photos, driver’s license numbers and other information from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to the proliferation of malware that takes over host computers for crypto currency mining, 2019 has already been an eventful year in cybersecurity. We saw that […]

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).

Aug 272019

Mid-Year Review: Armor Part 1

They say time flies when you’re having fun but, in our experience, time seems to fly by a little faster when you’re having fun and working in the world of cloud and cybersecurity. The first eight months of this year have nearly come and gone. While the industry has been rapidly evolving and major cyber […]

Aug 152019

A Day in the Life at Armor: Kevin Chiang

| Senior Product Manager

Today, we close out our “A Day in the Life at Armor” series focusing on the people behind Armor’s success and how they work every day to meet clients’ needs. Throughout this series, we’ve learned how members from Armor’s compliance, Threat Resistance Unit (TRU), and customer experience teams operate to effectively secure our clients—and that’s […]

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Kevin Chiang

Senior Product Manager

Kevin Chiang serves as a Senior Product Manager at Armor. He is responsible for working with partners and customers to build world-class security and compliance products for cloud, on-premise, and hybrid ecosystems. He has previously built cybersecurity products at AT&T and most recently worked at Toyota Connected as a Lead Product Manager for the telematics platform. He graduated with a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin.

Aug 72019

A Day in the Life at Armor: Patricia Picco

| VP of Customer Experience and Operations

“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.” – Jeff Bezos, CEO, Amazon We’ve learned a lot throughout this series about how crucial diverse teams are in protecting our clients. […]

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Patricia Picco

VP of Customer Experience and Operations

Patricia Picco has a tenacious attitude when it comes to helping customers achieve success. She has nearly 20 years of experience leading key initiatives that have helped improve her previous companies. Her previous roles have included: Director of Business Process Improvement and Enterprise Program Manager at Crossmark, and HR Service Delivery Leader at Invensys.

Jul 302019

Introducing Matt Cook, VP of Channel and Alliances

| Chief Revenue Officer

In June, we announced the launch of our newly enhanced global partner program. Since then, we’ve been working diligently to continue strengthening the program for participating partners. That includes hiring Matt Cook, the newest addition to the lineup of Armor heroes, who is now at the helm of our Global Partner Program. Matt joined our […]

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Matt Cook

Chief Revenue Officer

Matt joins Armor as the Chief Revenue Officer. He comes to Armor from Commvault, a cloud backup and recovery technology company, where he served as Senior Director for the Americas VAR, Alliances, and OEM teams. He later took over as Vice President of the company’s Service Provider and Geo sales segments. Matt comes to us with a wide breadth of experience leading and growing partner programs at Commvault, Forsythe and Cisco. While at Cisco, Matt spent 7 years leading a team of direct and indirect team members supporting some of the company’s largest partners in the U.S. He also successfully spearheaded the creation of Cisco’s Global Virtual Distribution Model and co-led the company’s global collaborative initiative known as the Global Partner Network (GPN). In this role he served as chief architect, defining and guiding Cisco’s strategy for global go-to-market through channels.

Jul 252019

An Actionable Road Map For Cloud Migration

By: Nitin Agarwal This blog was shared by Armor channel partner Motifworks, a cloud solutions company focused on helping clients drive value through cloud enablement. A version of this blog post was originally published on Forbes. While enough has been said about the new possibilities and efficiencies offered by the cloud, both public and private, cloud transformations […]

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

Jul 232019

A Day in the Life at Armor: Rafal Los

| Vice President of Security

As we’ve worked our way through this series, we’ve been able to see the different ways our Armor heroes step up and support our clients on a daily basis. Furthermore, we’ve learned there’s much more to cybersecurity than what meets the eye. Beyond the monitoring and engineering, our team members are also meeting with clients […]

Rafal Los

Vice President of Security

Rafal Los serves as the Vice President of Security at Armor. He's responsible for leading the various technical functions associated with designing, developing and delivering next-generation cloud security-as-a-service solutions to our clients. Rafal is also the Founder & Producer of the Down the Security Rabbithole Podcast. He previously worked as the Managing Director, Solution & Program Insight at Optiv Inc.; Principal, Strategy Security Services at HP Enterprise Security Services; and Senior Security Strategist at HP Software. As an IT security professional, Rafal gained experience in some of the world's most challenging business environments. His responsibilities included budgets, risk analysis, process creating and adoption, internal audit and compliance strategies. His professional experience has taken him from budding ".com" companies, to a security boutique shop, to one of the world's largest and most complex enterprises - always meeting challenges head-on and with a positive attitude. He has been the catalyst for change in many organizations, building bridges across enterprises and developing permanent successful strategies for growth and prosperity.

Jul 162019

A Day in the Life at Armor: Thomas Scott

| Team Lead Solutions Consulting

There’s no doubt that cybersecurity is a very technical field. We work to secure computers and other connected devices, and industry jargon often sounds and reads like a foreign language. However, at the end of the day our goal is ultimately to secure people—not machines—from online threats. Although cybersecurity is a technical industry, we’re very […]

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Thomas Scott

Team Lead Solutions Consulting

Thomas Scott is a Solutions Consultant with experience in Cloud Security, Cybersecurity Operations, Security Architecture, and Compliance. With over a decade of experience in the Information Security industry, Thomas strives to bring value to customers in regards to not only his past experience, but also what he continues to learn every day about the Public Cloud and InfoSec industries.

Jul 112019

Navigating the Nuances of Congress’ Proposed Hack Back Bill

| Head of Threat Resistance

An eye for an eye, right? In 2017, members of Congress originally introduced the “Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act,” or as it’s more commonly become known as, the “Hack Back Bill.” In short, this bill would allow companies that have been victims of a data breach or other cyberevent to seek vigilante justice against their […]

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).