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.

  • Coalfire Appoints Larry Jones to Board of Directors

    August 29, 2011, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    We are proud to announce the election of Larry Jones to our board of directors. Larry is the former CEO of StarTek, Activant, Message Media and NeoData, and is a seasoned veteran in technology services.  He also serves on the board of Comverge, Inc., a publicly traded provider of smart grid, demand management and energy efficiency solutions.

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  • New Guidelines Address PCI DSS Tokenization

    August 19, 2011, Bruce DeYoung,

    “Tokenization” is one of the best techniques to reduce the risk of credit card data loss. Basically, it is the process of substituting sensitive data with other values not considered sensitive. By doing this, tokenization technology essentially removes anything of value from the data stream, and, after all, what is not there cannot get stolen. This technique can be used with sensitive data of all kinds including financial transactions and medical records.

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  • Cyber Defense Summit 2011

    August 16, 2011, John Rostern, VP, Technology Advisory and Assessment Services

    On September 14, we will be partnering with InfraGard’s New York City Alliance to host a one-day Cyber Defense Summit. This year we have seen a drastic increase in data breaches. As these hacks have become daily occurrences, enterprises must learn how to protect their data while simultaneously guarding their corporate reputation.

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  • Viruses and Vendors Can Put Healthcare Data At Risk

    August 09, 2011, Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    A recent article in Healthcare Security Info highlights that computer viruses can cause security breaches, that can then in turn compromise health care data and potentially violate the HIPAA and HITECH Act regulations. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston had to notify more than 2,000 people that a computer virus sent data, including medical record numbers, names, etc. to an undisclosed location.

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