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Mar 82018

A Girl & Her Games: Looking Back on Computer Engineering

| Security Operations Center Director

Women make up only 29% of the science and engineering workforce, with only 10.7% focusing their careers in electrical or computer hardware engineering, according to the National Science Board’s “Science and Engineering Indicators 2016” report. Studying these statistics, it got me thinking… what was my first interaction with technology and programming? One weekend my Brownie® (girl scouts […]

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.

Dec 262017

2018 CISO Top Priority: Data-at-Rest Encryption for Mobile Devices

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

The amount of data enterprises manage and store continues to explode, and there is no end in sight. Keeping pace with that growth is not easy, especially when it comes to security. Between external attackers, malicious insiders and employee mistakes, data often finds a way of leaking into the public domain.  In this climate, encryption is […]

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.

Oct 132017

Farewell to Audit Season; Hello Continuous Compliance

| Chief Compliance and Data Privacy Officer

I fondly remember a time when “Audit Season” was just that — a season. Once a year, auditors would appear – with and without fanfare –- to thoroughly test our security controls. It was a consolidated, one-and-done process. It was a magical time. But it wasn’t meant to last. Before too long, driven by improvements […]

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 272017

Vigilance Required: European Ransomware Petya Moves into Russia and U.S.

| Senior Security Architect

Following in the footsteps of WannaCry, a new ransomware named Petya appears to be instigating similar global havoc with EternalBlue. Follow Armor for the latest intelligence on this emerging threat.

Chris Hinkley, OSCP, CISSP

Senior Security Architect

As senior security architect of 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 and support manager. 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).

May 52017

Understanding Totally Secure #2: Managed and Proactive

Jeff Schilling, Armor CISO, explores the importance of managed cloud security and proactive threat management in part two of our Understanding Totally Secure blog series.

May 12017

Understanding Totally Secure #1: Experience in Cloud & Security

| Founder & CEO

Chris Drake, Armor Founder & CEO, discusses the meaning of Totally Secure and the importance of working with a security provider that has experience in cloud and security.

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.

Oct 132015

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Connected Communities & Families

Can you believe we’re already into Week 3 of National Cyber Security Awareness Month? Per our amazing friends at the National Cyber Security Alliance, the week’s topic focuses on protecting connected communities and families online. “Wherever we are and however we access the digital world, every step we take to be safer will make ourselves, […]