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Feb 82019

The most common reasons for data breaches in healthcare systems

With its vast amounts of stored patient data and expanding business footprint, the healthcare industry has been a hot commodity for cybercriminals for years. Despite healthcare expenditures on cybersecurity outpacing the global average, the 2018 Thales Data Threat Report states that nearly half (48%) of U.S. healthcare organizations reported a breach in 2017—well above the […]

Feb 72019

Achieving Security & Compliance in a Healthcare World

Healthcare organizations have been hit hard by data breaches over the last several years, creating a cybercrime wave that has cost organizations millions of dollars and put vast amounts of patient data at risk. In 2014, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems was breached twice, with hackers making off with the names, addresses, birthdates, and telephone numbers […]

Jan 172019

The Legal Side of Cybersecurity

| Senior Counsel and Director of the Legal Department

When discussing cybersecurity, what usually comes to mind are threats like malware, DDoS attacks, and malicious activity, as well as countermeasures like firewalls, encryption, and antimalware solutions — all of which make up the technical side of cybersecurity. But there’s another equally important aspect of cybersecurity handled by lawyers and legislators instead of CISOs, SOC […]

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Skyla Johnson

Senior Counsel and Director of the Legal Department

Skyla R. Johnson is Senior Counsel and Director of the Legal Department at Armor Defense Inc., an international cyber security organization where she serves as lead security and privacy counsel. Skyla has worked extensively in matters involving complex data security and data privacy law issues, including advising companies when responding to security breach incidents. During her career she has also served as in-house counsel for large companies in both the technology and financial services industries. Skyla earned her J.D. from Southern University Law Center, and her B.A. in economics from Howard University. She is admitted to the Texas Bar.

Nov 152018

Tokenization + Security-as-a-Service, Part 2

| Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

John Noltensmeyer | Head of Global Privacy and Compliance Solutions, TokenEx In the last blog, we discussed the new GDPR standards, what they mean for organizations and individuals, and the ripple effect as other countries implement similar legislation. With so many governments beginning to take data protection more seriously, it’s important to understand the different […]

Nancy Free

Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

Nancy Free, Armor's Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer, has over 20 years of IT experience, including IT governance, risk, compliance, and audit. She has spent over 15 years in the IT Security field leading IT and compliance teams in a variety of industries, including: energy, transportation, construction, mortgage lending, healthcare, and retail.

Nov 122018

The Aftershock of GDPR, Part 1

| Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

John Noltensmeyer | Head of Global Privacy and Compliance Solutions, TokenEx This year, information security professionals experienced a significant impact to the industry: The European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Since its implementation on May 25th, the way companies around the globe handle and store personal data has been nearly revolutionized. In partnership […]

Nancy Free

Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

Nancy Free, Armor's Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer, has over 20 years of IT experience, including IT governance, risk, compliance, and audit. She has spent over 15 years in the IT Security field leading IT and compliance teams in a variety of industries, including: energy, transportation, construction, mortgage lending, healthcare, and retail.

Jul 172018

Compliance Measures: Not A One-Size-Fits-All

| Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

Question: What do healthcare professionals, retailers and financial service experts all have in common?  Answer: The need to protect consumer data.   No, this isn’t a bad joke. It’s the work that’s happening every day across many industries, as companies try and maintain their reputations, avoid penalties and keep their customers coming back. While we’re all striving to achieve the same goals of data security and data privacy, there is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to address […]

Nancy Free

Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

Nancy Free, Armor's Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer, has over 20 years of IT experience, including IT governance, risk, compliance, and audit. She has spent over 15 years in the IT Security field leading IT and compliance teams in a variety of industries, including: energy, transportation, construction, mortgage lending, healthcare, and retail.

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 has over twenty-five years in the field of information technology, including over 6 years as Chief Information Security Officer at 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 312018

Financial | NYCRR 500 Compliance & Security

| Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

It’s nerve-wracking. You are sitting at your desk and receive notification from the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS). The notice tells you your organization failed to file a cybersecurity regulation Certification of Compliance under 23 NYCRR 500. The NYDFS is saying that failing to submit a Certification of Compliance will be taken as […]

Nancy Free

Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

Nancy Free, Armor's Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer, has over 20 years of IT experience, including IT governance, risk, compliance, and audit. She has spent over 15 years in the IT Security field leading IT and compliance teams in a variety of industries, including: energy, transportation, construction, mortgage lending, healthcare, and retail.

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 has over twenty-five years in the field of information technology, including over 6 years as Chief Information Security Officer at 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 has over twenty-five years in the field of information technology, including over 6 years as Chief Information Security Officer at 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.