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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.

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.


  • Determining if your Company is Prepared for FedRAMP

    May 13, 2013, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    Many companies interested in pursuing FedRAMP are seeking guidelines, checklists and any referenceable source  to help them understand and determine their level of preparedness to go through the FedRAMP process. The GSA's FedRAMP.gov site provides documentation on the FedRAMP process in their "Guide to Understanding FedRAMP."  In it is a 12-step checklist to help organizations gauge their readiness for FedRAMP.  

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  • Compliance Talk: Debt Collectors and PCI

    May 06, 2013, Ken Ballard,

    As the largest IT audit and compliance advisor in the U.S., Coalfire is exposed to a wide variety of compliance concerns.  In this series of Compliance Talk blogs, Dirk and Ken are back at their favorite coffee shop…the Bean and Berry in Louisville, Colorado.   Over a couple cappuccinos, their discussion turned to some of the unique aspects, when it comes to data security, of debt collection companies.

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  • Agencies to report progress with FedRAMP

    April 26, 2013, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    The FedRAMP PMO recently conducted webinars on April 23 and 25 regarding Agencies requirement to report their progress on compliance with FedRAMP. The discussion covered the FedRAMP progress to date, the reporting requirements and process for moving services to FedRAMP authorized cloud service providers. You will find the archived webinars on the Past Events page of FedRAMP.gov when they are available.

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  • The PCI DSS Cloud Computing Guidelines: An Executive Summary

    April 22, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    The PCI SSC and its Cloud Special Interest Group has released its Cloud Computing Guidelines after a year of collaboration and input from SIG members. Coalfire was a big contributor to this document, and we think it is required reading for anyone who has front-line responsibility for managing compliance at companies using a Cloud Service Provider (CSP).

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  • Getting Your Databases Audit Ready

    April 04, 2013, Rick Link, Managing Director

    Your database is perhaps one of the most sensitive targets for cybercriminals as they are your company’s primary repository for confidential and proprietary data. Besides knowing what vulnerabilities exist for your perimeter network and also for your internal systems, best practices require you to manage and protect your databases from unauthorized access, whether intentional or otherwise.

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