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Ryan Smith, Director of Product Marketing

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Jun 272019

Budgeting for Cloud Security

| Director of Product Marketing

Companies are spending more than ever to protect their data. Global IT analysts at Gartner estimate total information security spending will rise to a record $124 billion in 2019, up from $114 billion in 2018. That’s a bargain compared to the potential cost of not securing data assets in outright losses, customer defections, and reputational […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.

Jun 182019

Security in the Cloud: Google Cloud Platform

| Director of Product Marketing

Before Amazon entered the public cloud sphere in 2006 with AWS, the idea of cloud service providers (CSPs) and the cloud market becoming a multi-billion dollar industry was virtually unheard of. However, just a little more than a decade later companies that were once just an online book store, a software provider and leading search […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.

May 282019

Security in the Public Cloud

| Director of Product Marketing

The cloud landscape has drastically transformed all aspects of business—from technology and business models, to the accelerated ability of organizations to deliver software faster and at scale. Despite all the positive changes, however, many companies are hesitant to fully embrace the cloud due to security and/or compliance concerns. These concerns are valid. While an #ArmorLive […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.

May 232019

Best Cloud Migration Path: Rearchitect Part 2

| Director of Product Marketing

Have you ever made a business decision without weighing all your options first? If so, did you achieve the results you wanted? Or, do you prefer to look at the pros and cons of the options before you, analyze the effect each path would have on your business, discuss with critical team members, and conduct […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.

May 212019

Best Path for Cloud Migration: Lift & Shift Part 1

| Director of Product Marketing

As discussed in our last blog, Moving Sucks: 5 Tips for Painless Cloud Migration, the cloud has been, still is, and will continue to be a growing trend amongst enterprises throughout the past decade. It’s more than just an industry buzz word, it’s transforming the way companies do business, how enterprises—and individuals—store and secure data, […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.

May 152019

Social Media + Cybersecurity

| Director of Product Marketing

There’s been a lot of discussion recently regarding social media and data privacy. While Facebook™, Twitter™, LinkedIn™, and other social media giants can roll out security upgrades to their platforms and commit to ensuring data privacy, at the end of the day, the information your organization shares on social media can ultimately put your company […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.

May 142019

Moving Sucks: 5 Tips for Painless Cloud Migration

| Director of Product Marketing

Thinking about moving to the cloud? You’re not alone. By 2022, according to Gartner, the cloud will reach the dominance phase of the digital disruption scale—that is, adoption by most enterprises. The cloud will affect not only technology but whole industries, business, and society itself. That transformation has already started. RightScale’s State of the Cloud […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.

May 92019

The Endpoint Detection and Response Market: A Primer

| Director of Product Marketing

Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) technologies have become an increasingly important part of today’s cybersecurity landscape. As organizations look at the cybersecurity threats facing their business, executives are increasingly focused on one of the weakest links in the chain—their employees—and the devices they use in our ever-expanding mobile world. This has encouraged these companies to […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.

May 22019

Finding Your Fit: Understanding the Cybersecurity Vendor Landscape

| Director of Product Marketing

The cybersecurity industry is flooded with vendors—more than 1,200 to be specific. With so many vendors offering seemingly the same products and services, it’s not always easy to choose the best fit to secure your environment. Our recent Naked Data white paper provides an overview of Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) vendors and tools, encouraging […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.

Apr 302019

Managed Security Service Providers: A Primer

| Director of Product Marketing

Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) have been a staple of the cybersecurity landscape for many years. Some companies have made a big name for themselves in the space, such as Symantec, Secureworks, Trustwave, etc. This blog post will explore what MSSPs do for you as an organization and what their capabilities and weaknesses are. It […]

Ryan Smith

Director of Product Marketing

With 10 years of experience, Ryan Smith serves as Director of Product Marketing 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 a 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.