Foundation

If you’re new to the field and want to get your feet wet, this is the hub for everything basic about cloud and cybersecurity.

Foundation

Nov 212019

Know your KPIs: Are Containers the Right Approach? – Technologent Partner Blog

Justin Zimmer | Solutions Architect, Technologent  In a recent blog written and shared by Armor’s partner, Technologent, customers learned how containers—a packaged unit of application code and its dependencies enabling applications to run quickly and reliably from one computing environment to another—and Containers-as-a-Service fit into the cloud computing stack. “CaaS solutions simplify the process of […]

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Guest authors comprise of Armor's strategic partners, technology partners, clients and experts in the cybersecurity industry.

Nov 192019

A CTO’s View: Building a Secure Cloud Migration Framework – Cloudnexa Partner Blog

MJ Diberardino | CEO, Cloudnexa & Josh Bosquez | CTO, Armor Throughout the past decade, cloud computing has completely revolutionized the way companies conduct business. No longer does the cloud only benefit IT teams. Today, it enables business processes throughout entire organizations, offering teams and companies speed, agility, scalability, cost savings, and much more. Despite […]

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Guest authors comprise of Armor's strategic partners, technology partners, clients and experts in the cybersecurity industry.

Oct 222019

On-Premise to Cloud Migration: Advanced Strategies and Pitfalls to Avoid

| VP of Product

For any organization considering its first venture into on premise to cloud migration of data and legacy applications, management will find no shortage of introductory literature on the subject.  The problem, however, is that much of the existing literature is just that – an introduction.  It tends to take the form of generalized overviews, summaries […]

Ryan Smith

VP of Product

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

Oct 172019

Ransomware in Healthcare: The Risks. The Remedies.

| Head of Threat Resistance

Ransomware—a form of malware, or a virus, that encrypts and prevents users from accessing their systems or data until a sum of money is paid—is continuing to wreak havoc on organizations worldwide. In fact, there have been more than 200 publicly identified cases of ransomware in the U.S. alone since January. And, most recently, on […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Head of Threat Resistance

As Head of Threat Resistance at Armor, Chris Hinkley utilizes a decade of security expertise to design, test and deploy next generation security processes and techniques for the cloud. His work at Armor was instrumental in Armor being one of the first cloud companies globally to achieve PCI DSS compliance. Prior to Armor, Hinkley worked as a Web Developer for TargetScope, an interactive marketing and Web development company. In that role he created everything from website animations to complex and dynamic product configurations using the latest technology and development frameworks. With Armor, Hinkley has held a number of security and technology-related roles, including security engineer, lead engineer, support manager and lead ethical hacker. In those roles he has serviced thousands of FireHost customer servers, including Windows and Linux, and overseen the security of all hosting environments to meet PCI, HIPAA and other compliance guidelines. Hinkley is a sought after speaker and author on cloud, security and open source topics, publishing regular columns in SecurityWeek and other industry magazines. Hinkley is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Oct 12019

Data Manipulation vs. Data Theft

| Senior Product Marketing Manager

In summer 2018, a disgruntled employee of Tesla hacked into the company’s manufacturing operating system, illegally sharing proprietary data and modifying Tesla factories’ software to disrupt manufacturing. The attack included both data theft—that is, exfiltrating information about Tesla’s factory operations and sending that information to unauthorized third parties—and data manipulation, which involved changing data within […]

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David Lorti

Senior Product Marketing Manager

David Lorti is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at Armor. He is responsible for market and competitive analysis, sales enablement and go-to-market for new Armor offerings related to Armor’s Armor Anywhere solution. He has long-standing experience in the cybersecurity and technology industry launching cloud security and managed security, security and risk consulting, threat intelligence and incident response offerings. He graduated with a Masters of International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University.

Sep 262019

Staying Vigilant in an Assume Breach Mentality Society

| Head of Incident Response and Forensics

In today’s sophisticated threat landscape, network defenses can become obsolete just as quickly as they’re developed. As a result, accepting cyberattacks as inevitable has become vitally important for CISOs. Adopting an assume breach mentality—accepting and planning for when, not if a data breach will occur in your environment—shifts focus away from traditional perimeter defenses, towards […]

Kevin Dickinson

Head of Incident Response and Forensics

Kevin Dickinson is the Head of Armor's Incident Response and Forensics division and brings 10 years of experience in computer forensics and security to the organization. His team works closely together with Armor's Threat Resistance Unit (TRU) and Indications and Warnings (I&W) teams to stay abreast of the rapidly evolving threat landscape and provide resolution on a wide-range of security issues. Kevin demonstrates a strong understanding of attacker techniques and methodologies, providing a uniquely qualified perspective in identifying and investigating potential security incidents and minimizing threat actors. Kevin is a GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP).

Sep 232019

How Cybercrime-as-a-Service Is Growing the Black Market

| Head of Threat Resistance

Most likely, you’re familiar with terms such as “software-as-a-service” (SaaS), “security-as-a-service” (SECaaS), “platform-as-a-service” (PaaS) and other anything-as-a-service (XaaS) concepts. According to Search Cloud Computing, XaaS recognizes the vast number of products, tools, and technologies that vendors now deliver to users as a service over a network—typically the internet. One you may not be familiar with […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Head of Threat Resistance

As Head of Threat Resistance at Armor, Chris Hinkley utilizes a decade of security expertise to design, test and deploy next generation security processes and techniques for the cloud. His work at Armor was instrumental in Armor being one of the first cloud companies globally to achieve PCI DSS compliance. Prior to Armor, Hinkley worked as a Web Developer for TargetScope, an interactive marketing and Web development company. In that role he created everything from website animations to complex and dynamic product configurations using the latest technology and development frameworks. With Armor, Hinkley has held a number of security and technology-related roles, including security engineer, lead engineer, support manager and lead ethical hacker. In those roles he has serviced thousands of FireHost customer servers, including Windows and Linux, and overseen the security of all hosting environments to meet PCI, HIPAA and other compliance guidelines. Hinkley is a sought after speaker and author on cloud, security and open source topics, publishing regular columns in SecurityWeek and other industry magazines. Hinkley is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Sep 102019

The Rising Need for Cyber Insurance

| Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

Earlier this year, Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s largest aluminum producers, was hit by the ransomware virus LockerGoga. Production shut down across 40 countries, and some 35,000 employees were warned not to use computers, laptops, or cell phones of any kind. Norsk Hydro’s losses included not just the direct costs of removing the virus, […]

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.

Sep 32019

Mid-Year Review: Industry Perspective Part 2

| Head of Threat Resistance

From the Capital One breach that exposed 106 million customer’s data to the theft of photos, driver’s license numbers and other information from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to the proliferation of malware that takes over host computers for crypto currency mining, 2019 has already been an eventful year in cybersecurity. We saw that […]

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Head of Threat Resistance

As Head of Threat Resistance at Armor, Chris Hinkley utilizes a decade of security expertise to design, test and deploy next generation security processes and techniques for the cloud. His work at Armor was instrumental in Armor being one of the first cloud companies globally to achieve PCI DSS compliance. Prior to Armor, Hinkley worked as a Web Developer for TargetScope, an interactive marketing and Web development company. In that role he created everything from website animations to complex and dynamic product configurations using the latest technology and development frameworks. With Armor, Hinkley has held a number of security and technology-related roles, including security engineer, lead engineer, support manager and lead ethical hacker. In those roles he has serviced thousands of FireHost customer servers, including Windows and Linux, and overseen the security of all hosting environments to meet PCI, HIPAA and other compliance guidelines. Hinkley is a sought after speaker and author on cloud, security and open source topics, publishing regular columns in SecurityWeek and other industry magazines. Hinkley is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Aug 272019

Mid-Year Review: Armor Part 1

They say time flies when you’re having fun but, in our experience, time seems to fly by a little faster when you’re having fun and working in the world of cloud and cybersecurity. The first eight months of this year have nearly come and gone. While the industry has been rapidly evolving and major cyber […]