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Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP, Senior Security Architect

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Aug 92018

Superheroes & Villains: Ethical Hackers Needed

| Senior Security Architect

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

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of FireHost, 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).

Aug 72018

Superheroes & Villains: Analyzing Cybersecurity Hackers

| Senior Security Architect

For the average person, the word “hacker” probably conjures up pictures of someone sitting behind a computer traversing the Dark Web. In the world of cybersecurity though, the word can also be applied to the researchers, penetration testers, and others working to improve IT security. Just as criminal cybersecurity hackers diligently work to penetrate your environment, ethical hackers are equally working to help organizations thwart […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of FireHost, 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).

Jun 142018

Biometric Authentication: Is It Effective?

| Senior Security Architect

In today’s world of security concerns, multifactor authentication plays a large role in proving one’s identity. The requirements of multifactor authentication include verifying what you have (such as a key, document or badge), what you know (like a name, password or secret) and who you are (such as a fingerprint or facial features). Being able to verify […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of FireHost, 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).

Jun 122018

Reality or Hollywood: Cyberattacks in Pop Culture

| Senior Security Architect

It’s well-known and accepted that Hollywood has a knack for being dramatic and embellishing real-life scenarios for the sake of ratings. One topic that’s often grossly misrepresented is cybersecurity and cyberattacks. Somewhere between the stereotypes of a loner dwelling in a dark basement and embedding false information into someone’s brain tissue, lies the truth about […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of FireHost, 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).

Jun 272017

Vigilance Required: European Ransomware Petya Moves into Russia and U.S.

| Senior Security Architect

Following in the footsteps of WannaCry, a new ransomware named Petya appears to be instigating similar global havoc with EternalBlue. Follow Armor for the latest intelligence on this emerging threat.

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of FireHost, 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 172017

Dissecting WannaCry – Understanding the Past to Anticipate the Future

| Senior Security Architect

With the initial wave of WannaCry subsiding, it’s important to dissect what transpired in anticipation of the next possible emergence. We know that The Shadow Brokers released what were supposedly an arsenal of nation-state hacking tools last month. Two of which are the engines behind WannaCry targeting exclusively Windows machines. The WannaCry ransomware/worm has a […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of FireHost, 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).

Dec 172014

Cyber Security for Cyber Shopping: Protecting Mobile Customers – Part II

| Senior Security Architect

The holidays are here, and that means two things: a boost in mobile sales and (ideally) a boost in cybersecurity. Earlier we talked about beefing up your security controls to protect those customers who shop from their smartphones; today we’re going to look at new mobile payment techniques and how they offer multiple layers of […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of FireHost, 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).

Dec 92014

Cybersecurity for Cyber Shopping: Protecting Mobile Customers – Part I

| Senior Security Architect

We all know the dates. Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday. Free Shipping Day. For any retailer or merchant, these are the “business holidays” that can mean major sales and major traffic. But while the revenue is welcome, the steady flow of payment card transactions tends to attract hackers.

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of FireHost, 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).

Sep 122014

Today’s 2FA – Convenience and Security

| Senior Security Architect

Worrying about cloud security might have been top of mind primarily for businesses once upon a time, but these days consumers are as anxious as companies when it comes to protecting data in the cloud. This month’s iCloud photo hack is a good example. With so many big-name breaches in the news, it seems everyone […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of FireHost, 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).

Aug 12014

Prevent, DETECT, Respond: Detecting Security Breaches Before It’s Too Late

| Senior Security Architect

Talk to any cloud customer about security and their thoughts will probably focus on one of two directions: preventing breaches and dealing with the fallout. But there’s a stage in between that doesn’t get discussed a lot, and it’s a critical one: detecting the breaches. The most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report shows that […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of FireHost, 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).