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Kurt Hagerman, Chief Information Security Officer

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Jun 192018

Retail Cybersecurity: Protecting Customer Data

| Chief Information Security Officer

Everyday across the globe, consumers are handing over personal information with a swipe of a credit or debit card, and/or by filling out retailer-generated forms. This information is helping retailers better understand and reach customers through their marketing efforts and business analytics. But how exactly are retailers protecting all the data they’re accumulating? Threats to […]

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

Kurt Hagerman serves as Chief Information Security Officer for Armor. He is responsible for the governance, risk and compliance side of the security mission for customer facing products. He regularly consults with Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA and financial services regulations and helps them understand how these regulations impact their business and how Armor can help them meet their regulatory responsibilities. Kurt regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and health care spaces as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant with local chapters of ISACA, CSA and ISSA.

Prior to joining Armor, he was a Managing Director and national PCI Practice Director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company. Kurt has conducted hundreds of security reviews and audits across a number of industries including the payment space, healthcare, financial services and higher education. During his twenty-five plus years in the field of information technology, he has held a wide number of positions encompassing many IT and security disciplines including: network engineering; systems engineering; security engineering; and IT/Security auditing and compliance.

May 152018

HIPAA Compliance: Elevating How We Protect Patient Data

| Chief Information Security Officer

Just as compliance does not equal security, the same can be said in reverse – security does not ensure compliance. In 1996, a lengthy manifesto known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was signed into law to improve the portability and accountability of health insurance coverage for employees between jobs. Since its […]

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

Kurt Hagerman serves as Chief Information Security Officer for Armor. He is responsible for the governance, risk and compliance side of the security mission for customer facing products. He regularly consults with Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA and financial services regulations and helps them understand how these regulations impact their business and how Armor can help them meet their regulatory responsibilities. Kurt regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and health care spaces as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant with local chapters of ISACA, CSA and ISSA.

Prior to joining Armor, he was a Managing Director and national PCI Practice Director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company. Kurt has conducted hundreds of security reviews and audits across a number of industries including the payment space, healthcare, financial services and higher education. During his twenty-five plus years in the field of information technology, he has held a wide number of positions encompassing many IT and security disciplines including: network engineering; systems engineering; security engineering; and IT/Security auditing and compliance.

Apr 262018

The FinTech Revolution: A Look at Compliance

| Chief Information Security Officer

The rapid evolution of financial technology (fintech) in recent years has positively disrupted the financial services industry in terms of how banks and other institutions, such as insurance and accounting companies, as well as stock brokerages, offer services and customer experience. As nearly all customer data is being transferred from file cabinets to digital vaults, […]

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

Kurt Hagerman serves as Chief Information Security Officer for Armor. He is responsible for the governance, risk and compliance side of the security mission for customer facing products. He regularly consults with Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA and financial services regulations and helps them understand how these regulations impact their business and how Armor can help them meet their regulatory responsibilities. Kurt regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and health care spaces as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant with local chapters of ISACA, CSA and ISSA.

Prior to joining Armor, he was a Managing Director and national PCI Practice Director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company. Kurt has conducted hundreds of security reviews and audits across a number of industries including the payment space, healthcare, financial services and higher education. During his twenty-five plus years in the field of information technology, he has held a wide number of positions encompassing many IT and security disciplines including: network engineering; systems engineering; security engineering; and IT/Security auditing and compliance.

Jan 252018

Security vs. Compliance: A Love-Hate Relationship

| Chief Information Security Officer

Ever since men started crafting laws, there has been a constant conflict on how people carry out the ‘letter of the law’ such that it also achieves the ‘spirit of the law.’ The essence of this conflict is now causing problems in regulated industries and regions where businesses pour so much time, money and resources […]

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

Kurt Hagerman serves as Chief Information Security Officer for Armor. He is responsible for the governance, risk and compliance side of the security mission for customer facing products. He regularly consults with Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA and financial services regulations and helps them understand how these regulations impact their business and how Armor can help them meet their regulatory responsibilities. Kurt regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and health care spaces as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant with local chapters of ISACA, CSA and ISSA.

Prior to joining Armor, he was a Managing Director and national PCI Practice Director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company. Kurt has conducted hundreds of security reviews and audits across a number of industries including the payment space, healthcare, financial services and higher education. During his twenty-five plus years in the field of information technology, he has held a wide number of positions encompassing many IT and security disciplines including: network engineering; systems engineering; security engineering; and IT/Security auditing and compliance.

Dec 192017

S.O.S. – Addressing Shiny Object Syndrome with Business Leaders, Part 3

| Chief Information Security Officer

In the final installment of this S.O.S. blog series, we will cover the organization-level efforts you can take to help combat Shiny Object Syndrome within your company’s cyber security program.  As we mentioned in the first part of the series, one of the main causes of S.O.S. is the increased awareness and focus by boards of directors and […]

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

Kurt Hagerman serves as Chief Information Security Officer for Armor. He is responsible for the governance, risk and compliance side of the security mission for customer facing products. He regularly consults with Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA and financial services regulations and helps them understand how these regulations impact their business and how Armor can help them meet their regulatory responsibilities. Kurt regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and health care spaces as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant with local chapters of ISACA, CSA and ISSA.

Prior to joining Armor, he was a Managing Director and national PCI Practice Director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company. Kurt has conducted hundreds of security reviews and audits across a number of industries including the payment space, healthcare, financial services and higher education. During his twenty-five plus years in the field of information technology, he has held a wide number of positions encompassing many IT and security disciplines including: network engineering; systems engineering; security engineering; and IT/Security auditing and compliance.

Dec 122017

S.O.S. – Advice for Combating Shiny Object Syndrome, Part 2

| Chief Information Security Officer

In the first part of this blog series, we discussed what Shiny Object Syndrome is, how it comes to be and what effect it can have on your organization’s information security program. This blog provides more detail about how organizations can combat S.O.S. at the foundational security practice level by focusing on: network segmentation, access […]

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

Kurt Hagerman serves as Chief Information Security Officer for Armor. He is responsible for the governance, risk and compliance side of the security mission for customer facing products. He regularly consults with Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA and financial services regulations and helps them understand how these regulations impact their business and how Armor can help them meet their regulatory responsibilities. Kurt regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and health care spaces as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant with local chapters of ISACA, CSA and ISSA.

Prior to joining Armor, he was a Managing Director and national PCI Practice Director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company. Kurt has conducted hundreds of security reviews and audits across a number of industries including the payment space, healthcare, financial services and higher education. During his twenty-five plus years in the field of information technology, he has held a wide number of positions encompassing many IT and security disciplines including: network engineering; systems engineering; security engineering; and IT/Security auditing and compliance.

Dec 52017

S.O.S. – Why Shiny Object Syndrome Is the Enemy of Security, Part 1

| Chief Information Security Officer

What is Shiny Object Syndrome and What Does It Have to Do with Information Security? There are many descriptions for S.O.S. out there, but the following may be the most concise I’ve seen: “Shiny Object Syndrome (Objectivius Shinium Syndromus) is defined as the attraction to objects that exhibit a glassy, polished, gleaming or otherwise shiny […]

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

Kurt Hagerman serves as Chief Information Security Officer for Armor. He is responsible for the governance, risk and compliance side of the security mission for customer facing products. He regularly consults with Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA and financial services regulations and helps them understand how these regulations impact their business and how Armor can help them meet their regulatory responsibilities. Kurt regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and health care spaces as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant with local chapters of ISACA, CSA and ISSA.

Prior to joining Armor, he was a Managing Director and national PCI Practice Director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company. Kurt has conducted hundreds of security reviews and audits across a number of industries including the payment space, healthcare, financial services and higher education. During his twenty-five plus years in the field of information technology, he has held a wide number of positions encompassing many IT and security disciplines including: network engineering; systems engineering; security engineering; and IT/Security auditing and compliance.

Aug 32017

New Perils of Public Cloud Compliance: Vendor Management Best Practices

| Chief Information Security Officer

“Know thyself.” It’s a mindset more cloud-ready organizations should adopt before they even consider bringing in a cloud vendor. However, far too many are still content to look before they leap, sometimes to disastrous results. Learn why self-discovery before vendor implementation can keep you more compliant, efficient and, more importantly, safe in the cloud.

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

Kurt Hagerman serves as Chief Information Security Officer for Armor. He is responsible for the governance, risk and compliance side of the security mission for customer facing products. He regularly consults with Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA and financial services regulations and helps them understand how these regulations impact their business and how Armor can help them meet their regulatory responsibilities. Kurt regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and health care spaces as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant with local chapters of ISACA, CSA and ISSA.

Prior to joining Armor, he was a Managing Director and national PCI Practice Director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company. Kurt has conducted hundreds of security reviews and audits across a number of industries including the payment space, healthcare, financial services and higher education. During his twenty-five plus years in the field of information technology, he has held a wide number of positions encompassing many IT and security disciplines including: network engineering; systems engineering; security engineering; and IT/Security auditing and compliance.

Mar 222017

The Battle for Cloud Security: Taking Back Access and Time

| Chief Information Security Officer

Learn how the battle for your cloud security hinges on two factors: access and time to your network. Controlling both can block cyber threat actors.

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

Kurt Hagerman serves as Chief Information Security Officer for Armor. He is responsible for the governance, risk and compliance side of the security mission for customer facing products. He regularly consults with Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA and financial services regulations and helps them understand how these regulations impact their business and how Armor can help them meet their regulatory responsibilities. Kurt regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and health care spaces as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant with local chapters of ISACA, CSA and ISSA.

Prior to joining Armor, he was a Managing Director and national PCI Practice Director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company. Kurt has conducted hundreds of security reviews and audits across a number of industries including the payment space, healthcare, financial services and higher education. During his twenty-five plus years in the field of information technology, he has held a wide number of positions encompassing many IT and security disciplines including: network engineering; systems engineering; security engineering; and IT/Security auditing and compliance.

Nov 182016

Death by a Thousand Data Points

| Chief Information Security Officer

The Internet of Things (IoT)—whether at home via connected refrigerators, thermostats and home security systems or in a corporate campus with Internet-enabled door locks, lightbulbs and supply chain beacons—promises future advantages that strain the imaginations of our technologists and futurists. The potential of this technology is incredible and we have yet to truly tap into the […]

Kurt Hagerman

Chief Information Security Officer

Kurt Hagerman serves as Chief Information Security Officer for Armor. He is responsible for the governance, risk and compliance side of the security mission for customer facing products. He regularly consults with Armor prospects and customers on PCI, HIPAA and financial services regulations and helps them understand how these regulations impact their business and how Armor can help them meet their regulatory responsibilities. Kurt regularly speaks and writes on information security topics in the payments and health care spaces as well as on cloud security. He holds CISA and CISSP certifications and is an active participant with local chapters of ISACA, CSA and ISSA.

Prior to joining Armor, he was a Managing Director and national PCI Practice Director for Coalfire Systems, Inc., a leading IT Security GRC company. Kurt has conducted hundreds of security reviews and audits across a number of industries including the payment space, healthcare, financial services and higher education. During his twenty-five plus years in the field of information technology, he has held a wide number of positions encompassing many IT and security disciplines including: network engineering; systems engineering; security engineering; and IT/Security auditing and compliance.