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Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP, Head of Threat Resistance

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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).

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 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).

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).

Jun 42019

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

| Head of Threat Resistance

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

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).

May 302019

A Day in the Life at Armor: Chris Hinkley

| Head of Threat Resistance

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

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).

Mar 192019

Best Practices: Asset Management

| Head of Threat Resistance

Technology is becoming more sophisticated and advancing businesses of all sizes every day. So much so that companies are increasing their IT budgets to keep up with customers, competitors, and industry demands. In fact, according to SpiceWorks’ 2019 State of IT report, 89% of businesses expect IT budgets to grow or remain steady this year. […]

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).

Dec 272018

From Civilian to Cyberwarrior

| Head of Threat Resistance

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

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).

Dec 42018

Diving Deeper into Man-in-the-Middle and Brute Force Attacks

| Head of Threat Resistance

There is no shortage of ways for attackers to try to compromise an organization’s IT environment or an individual’s computer. From cross-site scripting to social engineering, the tactics of today’s attackers will sound familiar to cybersecurity researchers and victims alike. However, the most effective cyberattacks are often not the most sophisticated, as capturing low-hanging fruit […]

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 92018

Superheroes & Villains: Ethical Hackers Needed

| Head of Threat Resistance

As is often the case in cybersecurity, good news and bad news are closely linked. In my last blog, we discussed the differences between white hat and black hat cybersecurity hackers, the different types of threat actors targeting today’s organizations and their various motivations.   At a time when many organizations are still struggling with the cybersecurity skills […]

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).