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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.