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Oct 302018

VMUG UserCon Atlanta

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Oct 22018

Team Huddle: Beware of BYOD

| Security Operations Center Director

Thanks to technology advancements that allow us to access the Internet at a moment’s notice, today’s typical employee is more remote and on-the-go than ever before, continually accessing email, company systems, and documents from cell phones, laptops, and tablets.   Doing business without mobile devices simply isn’t an option anymore, and the abundance of personal devices makes it convenient to quickly answer emails, jump on a conference call, or knock out a few items […]

Holly Dale

Security Operations Center Director

Holly Dale’s two decades in cybersecurity has led her to become the SOC Director at Armor. Prior to Armor, Holly held positions contracted to Oncor Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration under the Department of Energy (NNSA/DOE), including Information System Security Officer (ISSO) cyber security Subject Matter Expert (SME), Senior Security Analyst, Sr. Forensic Investigator, and Sr. Incident Responder. Holly was a founding member of NNSA's Information Assurance Response Center (IARC), as well as a member of the Secret Services's Las Vegas Electronic Crimes Task Force (LV-ECTF) and the FBI-led Nevada Cyber Crimes Task Force (NCCTF), working with numerous city, county, state and federal agencies in each task force.

Sep 252018

From CISO to Board: Explaining Cybersecurity

| Head of Security

In my previous post, we discussed the intricacies involved when IT security managers communicate cybersecurity initiatives to their organizations’ C-level executives. We also gave some recommendations on how to win C-Suite support for those types of initiatives. Today, we take on the next level by discussing how a CISO or C-level executive should in turn communicate those initiatives to the company’s board of […]

Wayne Reynolds

Head of Security

Head of Security, Wayne Reynolds, manages the cyber and physical security operations at Armor. This unique, dual responsibility extends beyond the typical approach many cloud providers take in securing their own operations while leaving customers to fend for themselves. Key to establishing the strategic and operational vision at Armor, Wayne oversees the execution of Security Incident Management, Security Infrastructure, Vulnerability Threat Management, Threat Intelligence, Corporate Security, and Physical Security within both Armor’s corporate and customer environments. He leads Armor's Friendly Network Forces, a one-of-a-kind internal penetration testing organization designed to validate the company’s own security measures and evaluate risk from new or unforeseen threats. Prior to Armor, Wayne served in the U.S. Marine Corps for nearly 20 years where he led the Tactical Information Technology and Avionics Departments. In his civilian career, he has led organizations for a wide range of businesses including Conde Nast Publication, Copart Auto Auctions, Aerojet-Rocketdyne, Citi Group, and GameStop.

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).

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 292018

Containers & Cybersecurity: Automation is Key

| Director of U.S. Sales

Let’s face it – containers are at the forefront of virtualization technology, a somewhat new paradigm for DevOps and agile organizations across our industry. We spoke with several organizations who have shed apprehension around the technology, stepped off the edge and plunged directly into containers, as well as companies just dipping their toes. Through this, […]

Derek Boxdell

Director of U.S. Sales

Derek serves as the Director of U.S. sales at Armor. He is responsible for guiding his team of consultants in helping clients solve business-related challenges, whether it's security, compliance or public/private cloud. With more than 10 years in the public cloud, cybersecurity and IT industry, he's seen the landscape evolve as industries continue to innovate, and is able to help his consultants create an ecosystem inclusive of transparency and candor. It's not at all unusual for him to get in, roll up his sleeves and help prospects make the right decision for their business strategies. Prior to joining Armor he served as the VP of Sales, Channels and Partners for FortyCloud, and was charged with driving revenue growth and awareness, ultimately culminating in acquisition by FireMon in 2016.

Apr 52018

Ramping Up for GDPR

| Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

The countdown is on. Only 50 days left until the UK’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect on May 25. Replacing the current Data Privacy Directive established in 1995, GDPR will still focus on the overall goal of protecting the data of EU citizens in an increasingly data-driven world. While both directives seek […]

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.

Mar 122018

Why I Joined Armor: Rafal Los

| VP of Solution Strategy

The security industry, much like others I imagine, is cyclical with the occasional disruptions. The pace of technological change continues to accelerate as it impacts our lives more and more every day. Every once in a while, something happens that fundamentally changes the way we operate. Mobile phones and wireless networking are just two examples […]

Rafal Los

VP of Solution Strategy

Rafal Los serves as the VP of Solution Strategy at Armor. He's responsible for leading the various technical functions associated with designing, developing and delivering next-generation cloud security-as-a-service solutions to our clients. Rafal is also the Founder & Producer of the Down the Security Rabbithole Podcast. He previously worked as the Managing Director, Solution & Program Insight at Optiv Inc.; Principal, Strategy Security Services at HP Enterprise Security Services; and Senior Security Strategist at HP Software. As an IT security professional, Rafal gained experience in some of the world's most challenging business environments. His responsibilities included budgets, risk analysis, process creating and adoption, internal audit and compliance strategies. His professional experience has taken him from budding ".com" companies, to a security boutique shop, to one of the world's largest and most complex enterprises - always meeting challenges head-on and with a positive attitude. He has been the catalyst for change in many organizations, building bridges across enterprises and developing permanent successful strategies for growth and prosperity.

Feb 222018

The Forgotten Cybersecurity Threat: Insider Misuse

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

An old proverb states, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” We’re willing to bet this proverb wasn’t referring to cybersecurity when it originally came to be. When you think about it, though, it’s highly applicable to one of the biggest threats facing businesses today: insider misuse. Over-trusting and unaware employees act with […]

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).

Dec 122017

S.O.S. – Advice for Combating Shiny Object Syndrome, Part 2

| Chief Information Security Officer

In the first part of this blog series, we discussed what Shiny Object Syndrome is, how it comes to be and what effect it can have on your organization’s information security program. This blog provides more detail about how organizations can combat S.O.S. at the foundational security practice level by focusing on: network segmentation, access […]

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.