WannaCry

WannaCry

Oct 232018

Diving Deeper: Malware

| Head of Incident Response and Forensics

In 1971, Creeper, perhaps the earliest documented occurrence of malware, was created in an experiment designed to test how a program might move between computers. Fast forward to 2018, and the seeds planted in that experiment decades ago have grown into something far more dangerous – countless malware variants infecting personal and enterprise networks, raking […]

Kevin Dickinson

Head of Incident Response and Forensics

Kevin Dickinson is the Head of Armor's Incident Response and Forensics division and brings 10 years of experience in computer forensics and security to the organization. His team works closely together with Armor's Threat Resistance Unit (TRU) and Indications and Warnings (I&W) teams to stay abreast of the rapidly evolving threat landscape and provide resolution on a wide-range of security issues. Kevin demonstrates a strong understanding of attacker techniques and methodologies, providing a uniquely qualified perspective in identifying and investigating potential security incidents and minimizing threat actors. Kevin is a GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) and Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP).

Events

Oct 182018

NTXISSA October Lunch & Learn

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Rachel Chism

Jul 122018

#TBT: Cyber Threats that Won’t Go Away

| Senior Ethical Hacker

Our last blog dove into a brief – and perhaps shockingly long – history of cyber threats. We were able to look at how cybercriminals have evolved their tactics throughout the years, as well as how cybercrime has proliferated and resulted in the cybersecurity industry of today. As a follow up, and because old habits […]

Geoffrey Pamerleau

Senior Ethical Hacker

Geoffrey Pamerleau joined Armor as a senior ethical hacker bringing 10 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Geoff was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing computer network exploitation operations. He served in the United States Air Force with distinction as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. Prior to his commission, Geoff received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a focus on Cyberwarfare from the United States Air Force Academy. While there, Geoff was a member of the Academy’s Cyber Warfare Club and competed in National and International information security competitions. Geoff has certifications in incident handling and penetration testing from SANS and Offensive Security. (GCIH, GPEN, and OSCP).

Jul 102018

#TBT: A History of Cyber Threats

| Senior Ethical Hacker

Ransomware, fileless attacks, cryptomining malware, IoT botnets – these are just some of the latest entrants in the ever-growing horde of cyber threats. While many of these threats come and go, a lot of them have withstood the test of time. In the spirit of Throwback Tuesday* (#TBT), we thought we’d highlight a few of the threats that have been hounding us since… well, forever.  […]

Geoffrey Pamerleau

Senior Ethical Hacker

Geoffrey Pamerleau joined Armor as a senior ethical hacker bringing 10 years of expertise in IT and cyber security to the Threat Resistance Unit (TRU). Before joining Armor, Geoff was a Computer Network Operator for the NSA, where he was tasked with performing computer network exploitation operations. He served in the United States Air Force with distinction as a Cyberspace Operations Officer. Prior to his commission, Geoff received a Bachelor’s in Computer Science with a focus on Cyberwarfare from the United States Air Force Academy. While there, Geoff was a member of the Academy’s Cyber Warfare Club and competed in National and International information security competitions. Geoff has certifications in incident handling and penetration testing from SANS and Offensive Security. (GCIH, GPEN, and OSCP).

May 82018

Looking Back on High-Profile Cybersecurity Attacks

| Head of Security

Nearly one year ago, on May 12, 2017, WannaCry ransomware successfully compromised more than 400,000 computers and servers running Microsoft Windows. The cybersecurity attack paralyzed healthcare systems, government agencies, universities and many other industries in more than 150 countries with the total cost of damages estimated at nearly $1 billion. Several weeks later, Microsoft Windows […]

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 242017

Women in Technology: A Natural Fit

| Security Operations Center Director

In light of the recent repugnant comments from an engineer of the world’s preeminent search engine provider, it seems appropriate to use this vitriol as an opportunity to set the record straight.  The engineer’s diatribe not only revealed a deep-seeded personal resentment of women but brought attention to an overall misconception of the pervasiveness of […]

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.

Jul 262017

Rebooting Your Patch Management Process

| Head of Security

The first half of 2017 was rough for cyber security. Multiple waves of major cyber attack campaigns like WannaCry and Petya have left everyone paranoid and constantly looking over their shoulder for the next shoe to drop. Even with this high level of paranoia, have companies started taking the necessary proactive steps for threat prevention? […]

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.

Jul 112017

Time’s Up: The President’s Cyber Security Executive Order is Being Enforced. What’s Next?

| Head of Security

Today marks 60 days after President Trump issued an executive order that called for government agencies to have conducted security reviews with accompanying recommendations as to what steps will be taken to secure the country’s critical infrastructure, networks and data. It seems clear that the President has good intentions with this aggressive stance. As a […]

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 282017

Petya: Using Blast Radius to Deduce Attribution

As the global ransomware attack coined Petya continues to proliferate globally, identifying the culprits is an important piece of the puzzle. At this point, it’s prudent to attempt to rule out who it doesn’t appear to be through process of elimination. While there was clear forensic evidence connecting the code used by the WannaCry actors […]

Jun 272017

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

| Lead Ethical Hacker

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

Lead Ethical Hacker

As Lead Ethical Hacker at 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).