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Geoffrey Pamerleau, Senior Ethical Hacker

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Oct 302018

Retailers & PII, Oh My!

| Senior Ethical Hacker

The holidays are often thought of as the season for giving. But in the retail industry, it is also a season of cyberattacks, fraud, and identity theft. In the world of cybercrime, the spirit of giving is replaced by the spirit of scheming, and threat actors are hard at work.   Retailers must be extra diligent in protecting the precious […]

Geoffrey Pamerleau

Senior Ethical Hacker

Geoffrey Pamerleau joined Armor as a senior ethical hacker bringing 10 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Geoff was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing computer network exploitation operations. He served in the United States Air Force with distinction as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. Prior to his commission, Geoff received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a focus on Cyberwarfare from the United States Air Force Academy. While there, Geoff was a member of the Academy’s Cyber Warfare Club and competed in National and International information security competitions. Geoff has certifications in incident handling and penetration testing from SANS and Offensive Security. (GCIH, GPEN, and OSCP).

Oct 172018

Security Considerations for Blockchain Technology

| Senior Ethical Hacker

Talk of blockchain technology often comes with a promise of better data management and security. History has shown, however, that full-proof cybersecurity is elusive, and new technologies always bring new security needs to focus on. In this regard, blockchain technology is no different. What is blockchain? Before going any further, let’s take a moment to […]

Geoffrey Pamerleau

Senior Ethical Hacker

Geoffrey Pamerleau joined Armor as a senior ethical hacker bringing 10 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Geoff was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing computer network exploitation operations. He served in the United States Air Force with distinction as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. Prior to his commission, Geoff received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a focus on Cyberwarfare from the United States Air Force Academy. While there, Geoff was a member of the Academy’s Cyber Warfare Club and competed in National and International information security competitions. Geoff has certifications in incident handling and penetration testing from SANS and Offensive Security. (GCIH, GPEN, and OSCP).

Oct 112018

Cryptojacking & Blockchain

| Senior Ethical Hacker

Exploiting the ecosystem around cryptocurrencies has become big business for cybercriminals. During the past few years, cybersecurity firms and observers have noted a spike in everything from phishing scams targeting e-wallet credentials to targeting the initial coin offerings (ICO) that serve as crowdfunding for many companies.   Cryptojacking  Adding to this list of challenges is cryptojacking. […]

Geoffrey Pamerleau

Senior Ethical Hacker

Geoffrey Pamerleau joined Armor as a senior ethical hacker bringing 10 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Geoff was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing computer network exploitation operations. He served in the United States Air Force with distinction as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. Prior to his commission, Geoff received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a focus on Cyberwarfare from the United States Air Force Academy. While there, Geoff was a member of the Academy’s Cyber Warfare Club and competed in National and International information security competitions. Geoff has certifications in incident handling and penetration testing from SANS and Offensive Security. (GCIH, GPEN, and OSCP).

Oct 42018

Cybersecurity Attacks vs. Physical Disasters

| Senior Ethical Hacker

Natural disasters caused by extreme weather conditions, particularly hurricanes and typhoons, are becoming more devastating than ever. But while the World Economic Forum has tagged extreme weather events and natural disasters respectively as the top two global risks most likely to occur, a purely man-made risk isn’t far behind. Number three on that list is […]

Geoffrey Pamerleau

Senior Ethical Hacker

Geoffrey Pamerleau joined Armor as a senior ethical hacker bringing 10 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Geoff was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing computer network exploitation operations. He served in the United States Air Force with distinction as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. Prior to his commission, Geoff received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a focus on Cyberwarfare from the United States Air Force Academy. While there, Geoff was a member of the Academy’s Cyber Warfare Club and competed in National and International information security competitions. Geoff has certifications in incident handling and penetration testing from SANS and Offensive Security. (GCIH, GPEN, and OSCP).

Jul 122018

#TBT: Cyber Threats that Won’t Go Away

| Senior Ethical Hacker

Our last blog dove into a brief – and perhaps shockingly long – history of cyber threats. We were able to look at how cybercriminals have evolved their tactics throughout the years, as well as how cybercrime has proliferated and resulted in the cybersecurity industry of today. As a follow up, and because old habits […]

Geoffrey Pamerleau

Senior Ethical Hacker

Geoffrey Pamerleau joined Armor as a senior ethical hacker bringing 10 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Geoff was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing computer network exploitation operations. He served in the United States Air Force with distinction as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. Prior to his commission, Geoff received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a focus on Cyberwarfare from the United States Air Force Academy. While there, Geoff was a member of the Academy’s Cyber Warfare Club and competed in National and International information security competitions. Geoff has certifications in incident handling and penetration testing from SANS and Offensive Security. (GCIH, GPEN, and OSCP).

Jul 102018

#TBT: A History of Cyber Threats

| Senior Ethical Hacker

Ransomware, fileless attacks, cryptomining malware, IoT botnets – these are just some of the latest entrants in the ever-growing horde of cyber threats. While many of these threats come and go, a lot of them have withstood the test of time. In the spirit of Throwback Tuesday* (#TBT), we thought we’d highlight a few of the threats that have been hounding us since… well, forever.  […]

Geoffrey Pamerleau

Senior Ethical Hacker

Geoffrey Pamerleau joined Armor as a senior ethical hacker bringing 10 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Geoff was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing computer network exploitation operations. He served in the United States Air Force with distinction as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. Prior to his commission, Geoff received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a focus on Cyberwarfare from the United States Air Force Academy. While there, Geoff was a member of the Academy’s Cyber Warfare Club and competed in National and International information security competitions. Geoff has certifications in incident handling and penetration testing from SANS and Offensive Security. (GCIH, GPEN, and OSCP).

May 32018

The Good, Bad & Ugly of IoT Security

| Senior Ethical Hacker

Through smart integrations of electronics, sensors and connectivity, the internet of things (IoT) has enabled us to automate an increasing number of day-to-day tasks. On the flip side, it’s also bringing in new threats. In fact, it didn’t take much time for IoT devices to be responsible for some of the largest DDoS attacks in […]

Geoffrey Pamerleau

Senior Ethical Hacker

Geoffrey Pamerleau joined Armor as a senior ethical hacker bringing 10 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Geoff was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing computer network exploitation operations. He served in the United States Air Force with distinction as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. Prior to his commission, Geoff received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a focus on Cyberwarfare from the United States Air Force Academy. While there, Geoff was a member of the Academy’s Cyber Warfare Club and competed in National and International information security competitions. Geoff has certifications in incident handling and penetration testing from SANS and Offensive Security. (GCIH, GPEN, and OSCP).

Apr 242018

Blockchain: The Future of Cybersecurity?

| Senior Ethical Hacker

The need to protect critical information is nothing new. From securing social security numbers to health records and financial information, businesses have been protecting sensitive data for decades. However, throughout history thieves have proven that where there’s a will, there’s a way. As companies now rely on the internet and technology more than ever, new […]

Geoffrey Pamerleau

Senior Ethical Hacker

Geoffrey Pamerleau joined Armor as a senior ethical hacker bringing 10 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Geoff was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing computer network exploitation operations. He served in the United States Air Force with distinction as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. Prior to his commission, Geoff received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a focus on Cyberwarfare from the United States Air Force Academy. While there, Geoff was a member of the Academy’s Cyber Warfare Club and competed in National and International information security competitions. Geoff has certifications in incident handling and penetration testing from SANS and Offensive Security. (GCIH, GPEN, and OSCP).

Mar 222018

Solving Cybersecurity Issues Equals Man Plus Machine

| Senior Ethical Hacker

When attempting to solve a cybersecurity problem, some businesses have a tendency to seek a silver bullet solution. This can be dangerous for a couple of reasons: It can lead to a false sense of security if a ‘silver bullet’ is supposedly found It can cost a lot of money if that so-called silver bullet […]

Geoffrey Pamerleau

Senior Ethical Hacker

Geoffrey Pamerleau joined Armor as a senior ethical hacker bringing 10 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Geoff was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing computer network exploitation operations. He served in the United States Air Force with distinction as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. Prior to his commission, Geoff received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a focus on Cyberwarfare from the United States Air Force Academy. While there, Geoff was a member of the Academy’s Cyber Warfare Club and competed in National and International information security competitions. Geoff has certifications in incident handling and penetration testing from SANS and Offensive Security. (GCIH, GPEN, and OSCP).

Oct 312017

Who’s Haunting Your Network?

| Senior Ethical Hacker

Disappearing files, phantom administrators, suspicious logs. Unless you’re the suspicious type, you might have written these off as non-critical issues without any nefarious source. But what if there’s a maliciousness behind this madness? What if there are ghosts in your business machines?

Geoffrey Pamerleau

Senior Ethical Hacker

Geoffrey Pamerleau joined Armor as a senior ethical hacker bringing 10 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Geoff was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing computer network exploitation operations. He served in the United States Air Force with distinction as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. Prior to his commission, Geoff received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a focus on Cyberwarfare from the United States Air Force Academy. While there, Geoff was a member of the Academy’s Cyber Warfare Club and competed in National and International information security competitions. Geoff has certifications in incident handling and penetration testing from SANS and Offensive Security. (GCIH, GPEN, and OSCP).