The Coalfire Labs Blog

Welcome to the Coalfire Labs Blog, a resource covering the most important issues in IT security and compliance.  The Coalfire Labs blog is written by the company's leadership team and our highly-credentialed security assessment experts.


  • Forensically Imaging a Microsoft Surface Pro 4

    August 29, 2017, Robert Meekins, Director, Forensics, Coalfire

    Working on digital forensics can sometimes create some challenging situations. Recently, we received a couple of Microsoft Surface Pro tablets to image and analyze. Having conducted forensics for a while, I realized that, depending on the version, imaging this tablet could be a challenge. Some setbacks normally associated with Surface tablets include not being able to remove the hard drive, the inability to place the device in target mode, and the hardware being very finicky about what OS can and cannot boot. Ultimately, the challenge comes down to having to use the tablet itself to perform the image, and the only option for input is a single USB port.

  • Coalfire’s Adaptive Penetration Testing at Black Hat Helped Prepare Tomorrow’s Security Talent

    August 16, 2017, Ryan MacDougall, Sr. Security Consultant

    What makes a penetration tester highly successful? Most obviously, the technical skills to hack into a network, application, or location comes to mind first, and without those capabilities and the ability to continuously learn, an aspiring pen tester has a tough road ahead of them.

  • Black Hat 2017: training, cybersecurity trends and end-point protection

    August 03, 2017, Marshall England, Sr. Marketing Director, Technology & Cloud

    Every year, Black Hat is a highly anticipated event in the cybersecurity community—and Black Hat 2017 certainly did not disappoint! It was yet another year of record traffic, bustling with visitors from the security community that want to strengthen their security skills and postures. Organizations in the midst of digital transformations and digital native businesses alike sent security teams to learn about various tools and techniques to increase their knowledge of defense and breach prevention.

  • Just a Few Seats Left at the Coalfire Adaptive Pen Testing Training at Black Hat!

    July 18, 2017, Communications Team, Coalfire

    Black Hat is just around the corner, and Coalfire is gearing up for the best Adaptive Penetration Testing Training yet! We’ve ‘adapted’ the Adaptive Penetration Test Training course with new instructors, enriched content, and new labs to provide the richest training to date. The revised training now includes exploitation and post-exploitation for Linux as well as an after-hours bonus, Social Engineering “practical” exercises. Demand has been high – we’ve sold out the July 22-23 class, but we’ve got just a few seats left for our July 24-25 class. Save $100 on those last seats if you register before the 21st!

  • Petya/NotPetya: What It Is, and What You Can Do Right Now

    June 27, 2017, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Just when we thought there were no more tears left in the wake of WannaCry, it’s time to pull out the tissues yet again for the latest global cyber incident: introducing “NotPetya,” the most recent ransomware variant to creep across continents and affect companies across many industries. Please read on for helpful information on how to prevent a NotPetya attack, as well as minimize propagation across the network.

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