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Jun 202019

A Day in the Life at Armor: Nancy Free

| Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This axiom provides a familiar sentiment and rings true here at Armor. As we often preach, cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility, and our teams work hard every day to take on that responsibility. From the researchers in our Threat Resistance Unit (TRU) team, to engineers, developers, […]

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.


Oct 232018

MDS Security TechXpo: Data Governance & Protection

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Rachel Chism


Oct 182018

NTXISSA October Lunch & Learn

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Rachel Chism

May 172018

On Cloud Nine: Three Ways Cloud Improves Business

| VP of Product

“Work smarter, not harder” – that’s the saying, right? Executives are constantly seeking new marketplace advantages over competitors to put themselves one step ahead. Whether it be the latest and greatest in innovation, offering improved customer service or simply streamlining logistics for better efficiency, there’s always something to make a company stronger. However, gaining a […]

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.

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 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.

Feb 82016

CRN: Armor Top ‘20 Coolest Cloud Infrastructure Vendors of 2016’

As CRN recaps, “2015 was a transformative year for cloud providers, one in which the industry matured and the provider landscape settled.” Some vendors grew. Hopeful startups collapsed. Others simply absorbed. As market positions were gobbled up, a handful of the elite remain — now standing taller and stronger than ever. One such provider is […]

Jul 82014

You Can Have It All: Performance & Security

| Founder & CEO

If you’re a frequent flier on our blog, you’ve heard a lot of talk about compliance and security. That’s understandable, given how critical they are. Today we’re going to shift gears and talk about something else that’s important: security and performance. Traditional school of thought propagates the belief that security and performance is a zero-sum […]

Chris Drake

Founder & CEO

As the founder and CEO of Armor, Chris Drake oversees the growth, direction, and innovation of the company’s secure cloud services. He fights the status quo every day and ensures that the “smart creatives” at Armor are protected for the benefit of its customers. He understands and accepts the awesome responsibility customers have placed in Armor to protect their most sensitive data. Drake began his career by serving as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army’s storied 82nd Airborne Division. While at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Drake built some of the U.S. Army’s first private secure websites. After leaving the military, he established TargetScope, an interactive marketing and web development company that oversaw hundreds of websites and applications containing critical data. After hearing of clients getting hacked at other hosting providers, Drake saw a clear need in the market for a truly secure cloud and established FireHost (now Armor). In the first few years, Drake led Armor to 100 percent growth three years in a row, establishing the company as the industry’s leading secure managed cloud provider. He served as the company’s CTO in 2014 to help drive its continued innovation and returned to the CEO post in March 2015. Along the way, Drake became a sought-after speaker and writer on topics surrounding the cloud, security, and compliance. He’s often quoted in major industry news sites and speaks at leading industry events. In 2013, he won the Tech Titans Emerging CEO award, which is given to the top chief executive of a successfully emerging business. Drake was acknowledged as one of the top “40 under 40” business leaders by the Dallas Business Journal and received the University of North Texas Distinguished Young Alumni Award. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of North Texas.