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Jan 302017

ARMOR WAR STORY: MAJOR SQL INJECTION ATTACK

How did Armor stop a SQL injection attack against multiple banking sites – all in less than eight hours? The SQL injection attack The experts in our Security Operations Center use best-in-breed tools to constantly monitor our customer’s environments. So when threat actors attempted a SQL injection attack on a banking customer’s eCommerce sites, we […]

Jan 112017

MongoDB Ransomware – Swift Action is Key

| Head of the Threat Resistance Unit

News of a massive ransom campaign against MongoDB is raising significant alarms. While extortion is not new as a criminal act, the unique ways it is being applied to technology and the evolution of ransomware into broader, more impactful campaigns is a new phenomenon. In the case of MongoDB, originally a lone hacker began aggressively compromising, […]

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).

Jan 32017

Cyber Security in 2017: What Should We Expect?

Originally featured on vmblog.com This time of year brings a slew of “predictions” from security-minded experts. While this is a format that most have come to expect, with clear indications of storms brewing on a number of fronts, I thought I’d adapt to terminology that better describes what lies ahead  – a “forecast.” The desire […]

Sep 222016

A Change in Direction: The FBI Rejects Paying-Off Ransomware

There is nothing shocking regarding the FBI’s recent reversal of their advice to victims of ransomware. In the past, the party line was to submit to demands and pay up. Those that understand the motivations of extortionists have long seen this change of direction from the Bureau looming. There are only two rules the bad guys live by: “Don’t get caught and profit while you can.”

Aug 12016

Standing Up to Ransomware: How education and security tools can help!

Researching ransomware can be daunting these days. The victims are piling up, the money being paid to hackers is exorbitant, and the chances of getting ahead of this threat seem grim. If you look hard enough though, you can find the ‘heroes’ in every situation.

Feb 172016

Hollywood Held for Ransom

| Chief Information Security Officer

The recently disclosed ransomware attack against Hollywood Presbyterian in Los Angeles is yet another in an increasing number of attacks against the healthcare industry and again highlights the vulnerability of these patient-focused environments. For years, retailers and others involved in processing credit card transactions were the juicy targets of choice, but the industry took great […]

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.

Nov 42014

Ransomware: Faster Than the Average Threat

Turn on the news and you won’t have to wait long before hearing about the latest data breach. iCloud. Home Depot. Gmail. But there’s another kind of attack that’s on the rise and it doesn’t make the headlines that often, even though it can destroy your business even faster than the average breach. I’m talking […]

Sep 252014

Unlocking Cloud Security with Encryption

| Chief Information Security Officer

If you had to guess at the leading concerns for businesses that operate in the cloud, you’d probably rank security and compliance at the top. Anyone who’s built or managed a cloud knows how complex both can be, from meeting PCI or HIPAA regulations to keeping data out of criminal hands. And as we move […]

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.

Sep 162014

Ransomware: A Rising Threat That’s Playing For Keeps

It seems that every day a major brand suffers a data breach. The breach is publicized widely in the news, and the company’s brand, customers, and business plunge immediately into crisis mode. However, far from the media spotlight, a prevailing trend in the seedy world of threat actors is causing numerous companies who are victimized […]