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  • The Cost of a FedRAMP Assessment from a 3PAO Perspective

    September 22, 2016, Abel Sussman , Director, TAAS – Public Sector and Cyber Risk Advisory

    FedRAMP.gov recently published a blog titled ‘How Much Does It Cost to Go Through FedRAMP?’ As a FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO), we wanted to provide additional factors for consideration for organizations that are evaluating or pursuing a FedRAMP authorization.

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  • FedRAMP Prioritization

    August 29, 2016, Abel Sussman , Director, TAAS – Public Sector and Cyber Risk Advisory

    Coalfire has been participating in the American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Cloud Computing community of interest in order to contribute in developing the new FedRAMP JAB Prioritization process.

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  • Thoughts on BSides Las Vegas 2016

    August 22, 2016, John Skipper, Associate Security Consultant, Coalfire Labs

    I recently attended “Infosec Week” in Vegas - Black Hat, BSides and DEFCON.  BSides is a high point every year.  This smaller Con has a plethora of perks which make it a “must attended” and also offers many of the same benefits or advantages or opportunities as Black Hat and DEFCON.

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  • Best of Enterprise and AD Exploitation at Black Hat / DEFCON

    August 22, 2016, Marcello Salvati, Associate Consultant, Coalfire Labs

    Lots of hacks, lots of people, lots of content, and lots of parties. That basically sums up this year’s BlackHat and Defcon. The two conferences seem to get bigger every year with no sign of slowing down, which emphasizes how cybersecurity is becoming more and more of an issue for everyone:  governments, fortune 1000 companies, small businesses and single individuals alike.

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  • What is Defcon

    August 17, 2016, Justin Wynn, Associate Consultant, Coalfire Labs

    The first year I attended, I was lucky enough to identify interesting wireless signals with a distinct sound – that of the POCSAG and FLEX protocols. Decoding these signals revealed party invites to the Telephreak party where I listened to raw, uncensored lightning talks covering topics from car hacking to the fragility the entire West Coast’s power grid, and even met notable figures like Kevin Mitnick. It’s not unheard of for other notorious characters, like John McAfee, to attend events like these and share war stories.

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