V. Amira Armond is the owner of Kieri Solutions LLC, a Maryland company which provides IT services and cybersecurity consulting. She has a Master’s of Business with a concentration in Project Management and holds many industry certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Project Management Professional (PMP), and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).
Amira believes in “Resilient IT“: designing strong and functional networks which can survive adverse events. Fun fact – 60% of companies that lose their data will shut down within 6 months. Being resilient means backups, security, training, and fail-over capability.
During her career, Amira designed and managed critical military networks, integrated a new hospital system for the U.S. Navy (currently being used on all ships and deployed hospitals), and lead Change Management for NMCI – a 1 million seat network used by the Navy and Marine Corps.
On a less serious note…
Amira Armond is probably the most pessimistic person you will ever meet.
Her typical day:
- Wake up and check Twitter to see whether anything catastrophic has occurred overnight. Yep.
- Ponder utility failures while eating breakfast.
- Check email to see whether any new cyber threats have been released. Yep.
- Brainstorm ways to protect networks against malicious worms.
- Verify backups occurred last night and fix the ones that had trouble.
- Fret about whether any servers will crash after installing the latest patch. Schedule additional testing.
- Shake head at the radio when it announces a new data breach.
- Mentally consider off-site recovery options in case of hurricane during dinner.
- Work on a client migration project. Document every change made, in case a rollback is needed.
- Triple-check functionality afterward. Then head to bed after a long day of protecting clients.
Poor Amira. Life is hard for her.
But good for you, if she is on your team.
Because Amira believes in Resilient IT.
When she knows that the servers are patched, she doesn’t have to stress about vulnerabilities (as much).
After an offsite recovery test succeeds, she doesn’t have to worry about natural disasters shutting down the enterprise.
When the network is well designed, she doesn’t have to fret about ransomware infecting the backups.
Pessimism can be a good thing.
Amira Armond has 16 years’ experience managing enterprise networks. Most of this was hands-on technical work, sometimes involving chicken sacrifice, all-nighters, and dire threats to get servers to cooperate. When she wasn’t fighting fires, she managed some awesome teams supporting the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Somewhere in between all that, she passed a bunch of certification exams (CISSP, PMP, MCSE, SEC+, SERVER+, ISTQB) and attended six years of college (BS, MBA).
Since founding Kieri Solutions, Amira wears several hats including engineer-extraordinaire, janitor-on-call, reluctant-social-butterfly, paper-pusher, and chief security warrior.