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Troy Dearing, Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

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Apr 182019

Cybersecurity Best Practices: Patch Management

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

In May 2017, the WannaCry ransomware cryptoworm wreaked havoc, infecting more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. The ransomware spread through the EternalBlue exploit, a program designed by the National Security Agency (NSA) to penetrate unpatched Windows-based systems through an SMB vulnerability. By the time WannaCry […]

Troy Dearing

Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Troy Dearing is the Head of the Threat Resistance Unit and oversees all cyber threat intelligence & threat hunting initiatives. He initially joined Armor’s TRU as a Senior Ethical Hacker leveraging 22 years of expertise in IT and cyber security.

Before joining Armor, Troy was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing Computer Network Exploitation operations. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service with distinction serving as a network intelligence subject matter expert, instrumental in the creation of a service level course on network exploitation and analysis. Early in his career he was selected for an internship at the NSA’s Red Team which established his foundation in cyber security expertise. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College attaining his Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Troy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Feb 262019

Cybersecurity Best Practice: Password Management

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Recently, the founder of QuadrigaCX, Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, unexpectedly passed away. Being the only person with the password to access an encrypted USB key that served as cold storage for the funds, roughly 115,000 clients were unable to retrieve $190 million in holdings. While this scenario—which is still playing out—is a rare and somewhat […]

Troy Dearing

Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Troy Dearing is the Head of the Threat Resistance Unit and oversees all cyber threat intelligence & threat hunting initiatives. He initially joined Armor’s TRU as a Senior Ethical Hacker leveraging 22 years of expertise in IT and cyber security.

Before joining Armor, Troy was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing Computer Network Exploitation operations. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service with distinction serving as a network intelligence subject matter expert, instrumental in the creation of a service level course on network exploitation and analysis. Early in his career he was selected for an internship at the NSA’s Red Team which established his foundation in cyber security expertise. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College attaining his Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Troy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Feb 192019

Cybersecurity Best Practices: Layered Security

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Knowing the necessary and appropriate cybersecurity controls to implement within your organization can be tricky, or at least cumbersome. There’s an overwhelming amount of tools and services available, as well as endless pieces of advice to keep in mind as you’re building your security program. In an effort to help make building, or refreshing, your […]

Troy Dearing

Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Troy Dearing is the Head of the Threat Resistance Unit and oversees all cyber threat intelligence & threat hunting initiatives. He initially joined Armor’s TRU as a Senior Ethical Hacker leveraging 22 years of expertise in IT and cyber security.

Before joining Armor, Troy was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing Computer Network Exploitation operations. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service with distinction serving as a network intelligence subject matter expert, instrumental in the creation of a service level course on network exploitation and analysis. Early in his career he was selected for an internship at the NSA’s Red Team which established his foundation in cyber security expertise. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College attaining his Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Troy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Jan 232019

Cybersecurity Checklist

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

2018 had its share of cybersecurity drama—Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, installation of malicious computer chips within the hardware supply chain, major breaches, and data exposures due to misconfigurations and errors in the public cloud. All this and more sparked several predictions of what’s likely to unfold in 2019, including increased accountability regarding regulatory compliance, security […]

Troy Dearing

Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Troy Dearing is the Head of the Threat Resistance Unit and oversees all cyber threat intelligence & threat hunting initiatives. He initially joined Armor’s TRU as a Senior Ethical Hacker leveraging 22 years of expertise in IT and cyber security.

Before joining Armor, Troy was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing Computer Network Exploitation operations. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service with distinction serving as a network intelligence subject matter expert, instrumental in the creation of a service level course on network exploitation and analysis. Early in his career he was selected for an internship at the NSA’s Red Team which established his foundation in cyber security expertise. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College attaining his Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Troy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Nov 202018

The Anatomy of an Attack: Diving Deeper into Social Engineering

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

What happens when threat actors are faced with an impenetrable wall of perimeter defenses, hardened machines, and state-of-the-art security solutions? Well, first, the most determined attackers won’t easily throw in the towel, that’s for sure. Not when they could always use old-fashioned social engineering to exploit what’s usually the weakest link in an organization’s security–its people.    As […]

Troy Dearing

Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Troy Dearing is the Head of the Threat Resistance Unit and oversees all cyber threat intelligence & threat hunting initiatives. He initially joined Armor’s TRU as a Senior Ethical Hacker leveraging 22 years of expertise in IT and cyber security.

Before joining Armor, Troy was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing Computer Network Exploitation operations. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service with distinction serving as a network intelligence subject matter expert, instrumental in the creation of a service level course on network exploitation and analysis. Early in his career he was selected for an internship at the NSA’s Red Team which established his foundation in cyber security expertise. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College attaining his Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Troy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Sep 202018

Diving Deeper: Phishing & BEC Scams

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

We continue with our ‘Diving Deeper’ series by discussing attack vectors that take advantage of human gullibility through what is arguably the most widely used business application on the Internet – email. We start by going through a brief history and introduction of phishing, spear phishing, and BEC scams; talk about how they are impacting […]

Troy Dearing

Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Troy Dearing is the Head of the Threat Resistance Unit and oversees all cyber threat intelligence & threat hunting initiatives. He initially joined Armor’s TRU as a Senior Ethical Hacker leveraging 22 years of expertise in IT and cyber security.

Before joining Armor, Troy was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing Computer Network Exploitation operations. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service with distinction serving as a network intelligence subject matter expert, instrumental in the creation of a service level course on network exploitation and analysis. Early in his career he was selected for an internship at the NSA’s Red Team which established his foundation in cyber security expertise. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College attaining his Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Troy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Sep 112018

Diving Deeper: DDoS Attacks

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks are not the most sophisticated attacks to launch, but they certainly can be costly. They cause outages, force businesses to take down their websites, and frustrate both e-commerce customers and businesses.   A favorite weapon of hacktivists, DDoS is an effective tool for anyone looking to disrupt an organization’s operations, whether they are disgruntled former employees […]

Troy Dearing

Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Troy Dearing is the Head of the Threat Resistance Unit and oversees all cyber threat intelligence & threat hunting initiatives. He initially joined Armor’s TRU as a Senior Ethical Hacker leveraging 22 years of expertise in IT and cyber security.

Before joining Armor, Troy was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing Computer Network Exploitation operations. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service with distinction serving as a network intelligence subject matter expert, instrumental in the creation of a service level course on network exploitation and analysis. Early in his career he was selected for an internship at the NSA’s Red Team which established his foundation in cyber security expertise. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College attaining his Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Troy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Jul 32018

Measuring Dwell Time & Security Operations

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Dwell time is one of the most powerful metrics to measure an organization’s cybersecurity effectiveness against today’s threat landscape. Security teams use it to assess the entire operational process of the security program, from architecture to engineering, through operations and incident response. In turn, key decision makers and stakeholders can look at this metric to […]

Troy Dearing

Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Troy Dearing is the Head of the Threat Resistance Unit and oversees all cyber threat intelligence & threat hunting initiatives. He initially joined Armor’s TRU as a Senior Ethical Hacker leveraging 22 years of expertise in IT and cyber security.

Before joining Armor, Troy was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing Computer Network Exploitation operations. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service with distinction serving as a network intelligence subject matter expert, instrumental in the creation of a service level course on network exploitation and analysis. Early in his career he was selected for an internship at the NSA’s Red Team which established his foundation in cyber security expertise. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College attaining his Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Troy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Jun 262018

You Can’t Afford a Cyberattack

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

When it comes to physical threats, business decision makers and executives are quick to invest in preventative measures that will thwart attacks. Whether it’s putting locks on front doors, storing critical materials in a safe or buying insurance, it’s easy to spend money on asset protection when there’s a tangible threat. When it comes to […]

Troy Dearing

Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Troy Dearing is the Head of the Threat Resistance Unit and oversees all cyber threat intelligence & threat hunting initiatives. He initially joined Armor’s TRU as a Senior Ethical Hacker leveraging 22 years of expertise in IT and cyber security.

Before joining Armor, Troy was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing Computer Network Exploitation operations. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service with distinction serving as a network intelligence subject matter expert, instrumental in the creation of a service level course on network exploitation and analysis. Early in his career he was selected for an internship at the NSA’s Red Team which established his foundation in cyber security expertise. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College attaining his Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Troy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Jun 72018

Re-Evaluating Dwell Time and Incident Response

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

At Armor, we interpret the term ‘dwell time’ to mean the duration a threat is present on a protected system until it has been remediated. However, several security service providers (This generically covers managed security services providers (MSSP), managed detection and response (MDR), and security as a service (SECaaS)) have viewed dwell time in a […]

Troy Dearing

Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Troy Dearing is the Head of the Threat Resistance Unit and oversees all cyber threat intelligence & threat hunting initiatives. He initially joined Armor’s TRU as a Senior Ethical Hacker leveraging 22 years of expertise in IT and cyber security.

Before joining Armor, Troy was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing Computer Network Exploitation operations. He retired from the Marine Corps after 20 years of service with distinction serving as a network intelligence subject matter expert, instrumental in the creation of a service level course on network exploitation and analysis. Early in his career he was selected for an internship at the NSA’s Red Team which established his foundation in cyber security expertise. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College attaining his Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity. Troy is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).