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Jun 132019

Security in the Cloud: Azure

| Senior Product Marketing Manager

Digital transformation, cost savings, flexibility, and modernization—these are just a few of many reasons enterprises are investing more into the cloud. More specifically, more companies are prioritizing leveraging public cloud environments. RightScale’s 2019 State of the Cloud Report shows that public cloud adoption is up 91% and that the public cloud is the top priority […]

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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.

Jun 112019

Security in the Cloud: AWS

| Senior Product Marketing Manager

Throughout the last couple of months we’ve talked a lot on the cloud—from migrating to a cloud environment to securing it. We’ve also reviewed several advantages—including bottom-line benefits, increased business efficiencies, flexibility, and improved customer support—as well as hesitations people have in regards to moving to the cloud, such as security and compliance concerns. Our […]

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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.

Jun 62019

A Day in the Life at Armor: Marilyne Mendolla

| Head of Indications and Warnings

Cloud security has never been more important. Yet as threats increase and change in nature, organizations need help staying current on the risks they face. Often, internal staff doesn’t have the time or expertise to evaluate every warning or indication of trouble. As a result, it takes an average of 197 days for some companies […]

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Marilyne Mendolla

Head of Indications and Warnings

Marilyne Mendolla has 10 years of experience in Information Technology, 8 of which are cybersecurity-focused. She leads the Indications and Warnings team within Armor's Security Opreation Center (SOC). This team is comprised of Security Analysts responsible for the 24x7x365 security alert detection, management, and response. Prior to joining the Armor team, Marilyne worked as a Senior Cyber Engineer at Raytheon in information assurance, certification and accreditation, and secure cloud architecture. Marilyne graduated summa cum laude from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and earned a Master's in Computer Science, Information Assurance from the University of Texas at Dallas. Marilyne is also a veteran of the Armed Forces, having served four years in the US Army.

Jun 42019

The Baltimore Ransomware Attack and What Enterprises Need to Know to Protect Themselves

| Lead Ethical Hacker

On May 7, news broke that the City of Baltimore joined the ranks of at least 22 other U.S. government organizations compromised by a ransomware attack in 2019. Since then, the threat actor holding the city’s data for ransom has publicly taunted Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young on Twitter in hopes of collecting payment. However, […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Lead Ethical Hacker

As Lead Ethical Hacker 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 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).

May 302019

A Day in the Life at Armor: Chris Hinkley

| Lead Ethical Hacker

Remember when the idea of robots doing our jobs for us was something only found in science fiction? Well, believe it or not, that’s not such a distant reality any longer. Thanks to the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), industries are being automated worldwide, including cybersecurity. This has turned the possibility […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Lead Ethical Hacker

As Lead Ethical Hacker 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 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).

May 282019

Security in the Public Cloud

| Director of Product Marketing

The cloud landscape has drastically transformed all aspects of business—from technology and business models, to the accelerated ability of organizations to deliver software faster and at scale. Despite all the positive changes, however, many companies are hesitant to fully embrace the cloud due to security and/or compliance concerns. These concerns are valid. While an #ArmorLive […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.

May 232019

Best Cloud Migration Path: Rearchitect Part 2

| Director of Product Marketing

Have you ever made a business decision without weighing all your options first? If so, did you achieve the results you wanted? Or, do you prefer to look at the pros and cons of the options before you, analyze the effect each path would have on your business, discuss with critical team members, and conduct […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.

May 212019

Best Path for Cloud Migration: Lift & Shift Part 1

| Director of Product Marketing

As discussed in our last blog, Moving Sucks: 5 Tips for Painless Cloud Migration, the cloud has been, still is, and will continue to be a growing trend amongst enterprises throughout the past decade. It’s more than just an industry buzz word, it’s transforming the way companies do business, how enterprises—and individuals—store and secure data, […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.

May 152019

Social Media + Cybersecurity

| Director of Product Marketing

There’s been a lot of discussion recently regarding social media and data privacy. While Facebook™, Twitter™, LinkedIn™, and other social media giants can roll out security upgrades to their platforms and commit to ensuring data privacy, at the end of the day, the information your organization shares on social media can ultimately put your company […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.

May 142019

Moving Sucks: 5 Tips for Painless Cloud Migration

| Director of Product Marketing

Thinking about moving to the cloud? You’re not alone. By 2022, according to Gartner, the cloud will reach the dominance phase of the digital disruption scale—that is, adoption by most enterprises. The cloud will affect not only technology but whole industries, business, and society itself. That transformation has already started. RightScale’s State of the Cloud […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.