8×8, a leading cloud provider of voice, video, chat and contact centre solutions for over one million users worldwide announced the appointment of Michael Armer as Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer and the completion of its third successful FISMA/NIST compliance audit by a federally certified auditor.
Armer brings over 20 years of cybersecurity and information technology leadership experience to 8×8 in the areas of data privacy, intellectual property protection, risk management and corporate cyber governance. He was most recently VP and CISO at Barrick Gold Corporation and prior to that served as the head of information security for Lam Research Corporation.
In his global role, Armer is responsible for 8×8’s corporate-wide information security management activities, including compliance, strategic planning, governance, and controls. This includes identifying, evaluating, and reporting on 8×8’s overall security performance and posture in connection with regulatory requirements, industry best practices and threat landscape.
“It’s mission-critical for organizations to keep their communications systems secure. 8×8 is a leader in providing secure cloud-based communications services,” said Armer. “I’m excited to be part of a team with such a strong commitment to customer and partner data protection.”
While security, compliance, and data protection of 8×8, customer, and partner information will be a primary focus, Armer will also have opportunities to provide strategic input to product development, technology roadmap and other functional areas of the company. He joins a team of certified security professionals with ten or more years of dedicated security and compliance experience.
Armer holds an MBA from the University of Southern California. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a member of the CISO Executive Roundtable, Infragard and the American Bar Association.
As part of its commitment to security across its offerings and business practices, 8×8 is certified as fully FISMA/NIST 800-53 rev 4 compliant. FISMA, based on NIST 800-53 revision 4, is considered the most thorough, intensive form of compliance worldwide, with more than 2,500 areas of security, compliance and data privacy. This is the third time that 8×8 has received the FISMA/NIST compliance.
“FISMA compliance can only be accomplished in private industry through a security-first culture, governed with sanctions, monitoring, and continuous training,” said Bryan Martin, Chairman and CTO at 8×8. “Our security focus starts at the most senior levels, and we welcome Michael to the team. Under his leadership we expect even greater emphasis on this key area to ensure our customers and partners have 100 percent confidence that our systems and practices meet stringent security requirements.”
About 8×8, Inc.
8×8, Inc. (NYSE: EGHT) cloud solutions help businesses transform their customer and employee experience. With one system of engagement for voice, video, chat and contact centre and one system of intelligence on one technology platform, businesses can now communicate faster and smarter to exceed the speed of customer expectations. For additional information, visit www.8×8.com