Mid-Year Review: Armor Part 1

They say time flies when you’re having fun but, in our experience, time seems to fly by a little faster when you’re having fun and working in the world of cloud and cybersecurity.

The first eight months of this year have nearly come and gone. While the industry has been rapidly evolving and major cyber events have continued to make headlines, we’ve been busy keeping up with it all to ensure the security of our partners and clients.

This blog will dive into the first half of 2019 and take a look at Armor’s biggest milestones to date as well as how we continue to keep pace in an ever-evolving cloud and cyber landscape.

What Have We Been Up To?

Distributed our Naked Data White Paper

In April, we released our Naked Data White Paper, which details 11 major data exposures between 2017 and 2019 due to misconfigurations. As the cloud landscape evolves and more organizations migrate their workloads to the cloud, companies are realizing their IT staff lacks sufficient cloud security expertise, leading to intentional and accidental threats to their cloud environments. This white paper tackles how companies can use cloud security posture management (CSPM) to address cloud security challenges and threats.

Joined forces with Palo Alto Networks as a Prisma Public Cloud Partner, previously named RedLock MSSP Partner.

In May, we were recognized by Palo Alto Networks as a Prisma Public Cloud Partner, previously named RedLock Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) Partner. Prisma Public Cloud is, in short, a continuous cloud security and compliance posture management offering for public and multi-cloud environments. Coupled with our Armor Anywhere offering, organizations now receive cloud-native security analytics, compliance monitoring, reporting, and advanced threat detection with one-click remediation.

Launched the Global Partner Program

In June, we launched our Global Partner Program to evolve and strengthen the way we support our partners. In an effort to ensure we’re effectively working with our partners to keep users’ data as secure as possible, this program is designed to equip channel partners with new services and revenue opportunities in this rapidly growing cloud security market. We now offer broader access to cloud security solutions, integrations, training, and certifications to ensure trust, improve productivity, and establish reliability for participating partners and their customers.

Attended Industry Events

Throughout this year, we’ve attended, sponsored, and spoken at a number of industry events, including—but not limited to—HIMSS19, HITRUST 2019, the Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2019, AWS re: Inforce 2019, and the Data Connectors Minneapolis Cybersecurity Conference, as well as local industry events around the nation. We’ve also hosted a number of webinars, network luncheons, and the Infrastructure as a Code roadshow.

Each of these initiatives—and many others—have helped us expand our footprint and expertise within the industry this year. We’re constantly aggregating data from our clients, researching new threats and trends, and furthering our own understanding in order to better serve our customers and partners.

Continued Contributions in an Evolving Industry 

We continue to see our customers and partners move from a traditional security landscape to the public cloud, which entails entirely different security and services. This trend is driven by digital transformation, resulting in a paradigm shift as organizations need to prepare for a cloud environment. Many businesses are still struggling to understand how they can leverage the cloud from a risk management perspective and reduce their threat exposure.

The conversation needs to shift from the security tools to security outcomes—this is the reason customers and partners are coming to us—to achieve the following 5 outcomes:

  1. 24/7/365 Detection
  2. Incident Response
  3. SLAs and Deployment at DevOps Speed
  4. Compliance
  5. Vulnerability Management

With our security-as-a-service (SECaaS), we underpin each one of these with unique technology in the security stack and with the people and expertise through a SOC team. It’s important to understand that security outcomes align with individual people, and we delineate by looking at the technology we provide as well as the strategy. Through our partner ecosystem we are identifying the policies in a cloud-security world in one platform—one single pane of glass. Our focus is on customers who are concerned about their data; together through our strategic alliance and channel partners, we figure out how to solve for visibility and consolidation in our customers’ hybrid environment.

A recent Cybersecurity Insiders report notes that 93% of organizations are moderately to extremely concerned about cloud security. Our customers have told us that operating within the cloud does give rise to a range of security concerns. We’re doing our part to collectively educate our customers to help them make informed and better decisions as they migrate to the cloud. We are putting forth best practices—through topical think tank discussions—on how to shift from a traditional framework of security to a cloud-capable framework. Our partners are doing the same—driving cloud adoption at scale by educating businesses on the fundamental security frameworks that apply not only to on-premises, but also in a multi-cloud terrain.

Armor’s strategy is around the development and use of an open platform that supports extensible aggregation of prescriptive controls, delivered through a unified policy in which full-stack visibility is made possible. Through the charter of a symbiotic relationship with third-party software and partner-delivered services, we aim to show how working in a more cohesive and reciprocal fashion will enable high-velocity security outcomes to thwart bad actors and focus on what our industry’s true mission is: Secure our customers’ mission critical assets and ensure that their most valuable asset—data— remains out of the hands of adversaries and remains safely within the hands of those who seek to be secure through trusted relationships.

It’s been a fast and furious year so far, and we look forward to seeing what the rest of 2019 holds for our company and partners. Stay tuned for Part 2 of our mid-year update focusing on industry trends we’ve seen since January.

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