information security

information security

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.

Aug 212018

From IT to CISO: Explaining Cybersecurity to Your C-Suite

| Head of Security

Cybersecurity has increasingly become a shared responsibility of all members of an organization, including the C-Suite, as new legislation and major data breaches have greatly influenced a company’s bottom line, overall reputation and investment outlook. With today’s threat landscape, it’s significantly more important for CISOs to properly explain security and risk-avoidance projects to the broader […]

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.

Events

Jun 152018

Socitm London & South 2018

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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.

Feb 132018

Information Security: The Gaps that Exist

| Head of Security

Too many cooks spoil the broth. A similar thought applies to the information security space, where the plethora of security vendors are sowing even more confusion among CISOs and IT professionals who are already overwhelmed by mounting threats, shrinking budgets and onerous compliance requirements. Consequences of the Silver Bullet Theory Over a year ago, the […]

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.

Jan 92018

Spectre: Mitigations for Long-Term Risk

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

Even as updates start to trickle out, Spectre remains poised to haunt the IT industry for some time. First made public alongside the Meltdown vulnerability, Spectre is actually a class of vulnerabilities that take advantage of the side effects of speculative execution, a method used by microprocessors to speed their performance. Using Spectre, an attacker […]

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).

Events

Oct 92017

ISSA International Conference

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Kim Ross

Feb 162017

RANSOMWARE: AN UNWELCOME EVOLUTION

Jeff Schilling, Chief Security Officer, Armor, explores the evolution of ransomware from a small -time threat actor tactic to a significant cyber threat.

Jul 222016

FBI needs to beef-up high-tech cyber threat evaluations says DoJ Inspector General

The FBI needs to identify and categorize cyber threats more quickly than it currently does in an effort to stay out in front of current and emerging cyber threats. +More on Network World: FBI: The top 3 ways Congress could help fight tenacious cyber threats+ That was the general observation of a report out this […]

Dec 222015

Cyber Security Interview Questions

“Tell me about your home network.” It’s a simple query that seems innocent enough, but it tells Armor CSO Jeff Schilling quite a bit as he pounds the digital pavement for his next cyber security operative. This and other interview pitfalls are the basis of a new story, “Interview questions to throw you off guard,” […]