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.


  • 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 Association of International Certified Professional 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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  • Sleuthing the Cloud: The Challenges of Forensics in Cloud Environments

    April 04, 2018, Robert Meekins, Director, Forensics, Coalfire

    More and more companies are embracing Cloud computing for the practicality, efficiency, and economy of outsourcing the housing, maintenance, and monitoring of applications and their associated infrastructure to a third-party provider. As the Cloud becomes more the norm than the exception, there is no lack of choices: Providers such as Amazon (AWS), Microsoft, IBM, and countless others are providing a variety of solutions, from e-commerce sites that process payments and credit cards, to developmental networks used to test and configure operational assets.

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  • Background Checks on AIs and Other Challenges in the PCI World

    April 01, 2018, Dan Stocker, Practice Director, Payments, Cloud & Tech

    Coalfire has noted a number of leading-edge technological challenges for enterprises managing the rapid pace of innovation while also aiming for PCI compliance. We'd like to review our recent experience and offer suggestions for these comparatively novel situations.

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