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Welcome to the Coalfire Blog, a resource covering the most important issues in IT security and compliance. You'll also find information on Coalfire's insights into the unique cybersecurity issues that impact the industries we serve, including Cloud Service Providers, RetailFinancial Services, Healthcare, Higher Education, Payments, Government, Restaurants, and Utilities.

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  • Successful SOC 2 Approaches to Address Fraud Risk

    September 12, 2019, Demarley Holder, Principal, SOC, Coalfire

    Coalfire has found that many SOC 2 clients struggle with addressing COSO Principle 8 (fraud risk considerations) because they innately think only about financial fraud risks. Many clients do not understand that fraud risks depend on the nature of the business and the environment in which the business operates and as such they do not extend their paradigm to consider non-financial fraud risks.

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  • Dodge Data Breaches with Real-Time PCI Compliance

    August 26, 2019, Aaron Reynolds, VP, Cyber Assurance – Payments, Coalfire

    It’s been five years since the PCI Council released the first “Best Practices for Maintaining PCI DSS Compliance” guidance document in August 2014. Since then, many prominent payment data breaches have occurred, with the finger often pointing to lapses in the affected organization’s compliance program for the PCI DSS.

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  • When Checking the Box Results in Two Zero Days and Root (CVE-2019-14257 and CVE-2019-14258)

    August 21, 2019, Jakob Nelson, Associate, Coalfire Labs

    Finding new bugs and exploiting them can be exciting and fun for a penetration tester. I was ecstatic to find my first two zero-days, and I used them to break a system from no access to root. This was a good day for me – but the story behind the story provides some real lessons enterprises can apply to their security programs.

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  • Pulling Back the Curtain

    July 31, 2019, Travis Finn, Consultant, CoalfireOne Scanning Services

    As ASVs, a lot of what we do is shrouded in mystery and danger (well, at least the former of those two). Today, we would like to take a moment to let you in on some of the processes we use to deal with all those disputes you might have to submit.

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  • Healthcare Slow to Adopt NIST Digital Identity and Authentication Guidance

    July 31, 2019, Rich Curtiss, Principal, Healthcare Risk Assurance Services

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) published an updated guide (Special Publication 800-63b) for Digital Identity Guidance in June 2017. This is a comprehensive and holistic guide to authentication processes, which includes choices of authenticators that may be used at various Authenticator Assurance Levels (AALs). It provides recommendations on the lifecycle of authenticators, including revocation in the event of loss or theft, complexity requirements, and authenticator expirations.

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