The Coalfire Blog

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.

The Coalfire blog is written by the company's leadership team and our highly-credentialed security assessment experts. We look forward to your comments, so please join the conversation.


  • RSA 2018 recap: GDPR, Increasing Visibility and Transparency of Cloud Security

    April 27, 2018, Marshall England, Sr. Marketing Director, Technology & Cloud

    RSA 2018 is in the books! The event welcomed 42,000 attendees to San Francisco, including cybersecurity professionals, vendors, media, and analysts. The themes of visibility and transparency repeatedly came up in discussions and presentations as organizations grapple with ever-increasing data flows across multiple technology platforms and cloud ecosystems. Another big topic of interest was the European Union’s upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how it will affect organizations and their data.

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  • PCI Compliance: Early-TLS and Cloud Service Providers

    April 23, 2018, Dan Stocker, Practice Director, Payments, Cloud & Tech

    Organizations tracking their PCI compliance are likely aware of the impending June 30, 2018 deadline to disable SSLv3 and early-TLS. This blog post examines the special case of Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) and how their customers should proceed to achieve compliance.

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  • A Cyber Engineering Primer: System Compliance and Hardening

    April 16, 2018, Timberly Deane and Alyssa Stackpole, Cyber Engineering Associates, Coalfire

    Cybersecurity is a hot topic for just about everyone: it affects organizations as well as individuals, workers, and citizens. Each of us needs at least a basic understanding of how to safely use and protect the devices and systems that are a part of our day-to-day lives.

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  • AICPA Releases New SOC 2 Guide – What You Need to Know

    April 16, 2018, Jeff Cook, Principal, SOC Practice, Coalfire

    In March 2018, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) released its highly anticipated new System and Organization Controls 2 (SOC 2) guide, which includes information for the extant (2016) trust services principles and the new (2017) trust services criteria. The following is a summary of some key highlights in the new guide, what changed, and what to expect for future SOC 2 efforts.

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  • Amanda Mesler of Microsoft Addresses the Women of Coalfire

    April 09, 2018, Anne Bayerkohler, Director, Commercial Services, Coalfire

    Last month RISE, Coalfire’s association of women in cybersecurity and leadership, welcomed our inaugural guest speaker, Amanda Mesler, General Manager of Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe. I had the great fortune to interview her and lead a discussion with our members.

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