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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.

  • A New Cold War – with Many Sides

    August 28, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    A New Cold War – with Many Sides  There’s a lot we still don’t know about the FBI’s investigation of the data theft at JP Morgan Chase & Co. Criminal hackers based in Russia were targeting U.S. financial institutions long before Russia annexed Crimea or the West responded with sanctions. Is this truly a state-level act? Is it more than a coincidence that the attacks on our financial institutions follow a series of relatively effective sanctions against Russian financial interests? Or is it just another money-making venture by a Russian hacker network?

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  • Heartbleed Aftershocks: Community Health Systems Breach, 4.5 Million Records Lost

    August 22, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    The news this week that hackers from China compromised 4.5 million customer records held by Community Health Systems is just the latest indication that companies are not adequately protecting the information of the consumers they serve.

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  • A billion reasons to enhance your penetration testing

    August 20, 2014, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    There are so many questions regarding those leaked Russian passwords. Is this for real? What sites are on that list? How can you tell if your site’s users are in the “Russian Billion”? Isn’t this just a matter of changing user passwords? Bottom line:  As a company with websites that have user accounts, what should you do?

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  • Keeping your restaurant & hospitality Cardholder Data Environment safe

    August 12, 2014, Marvin Sandoval, Sales Associate

    Reports of new credit card data breaches seem to be in the news daily.  Recent high profile breaches within major retailers this year should serve as a wake-up call to the restaurant and hospitality industries.  As a result of having high volumes of credit card transactions and decentralized security practices, criminal organizations have put the restaurant and hospitality industry squarely in their sights.  The track data used in U.S magnetic-Stripe cards are still among the most valuable commodities on the black market as it allows criminal organizations to clone cards and quickly exploit them for highest possible financial gain. 

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  • Is the “Day of Reckoning” getting closer for a large scale cyber-attack?

    August 07, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    The “Phony War” is how commentators described the seven-month period of eerie quiet that prevailed in Western Europe between Germany’s 1939 invasion of Poland and its later move into the Benelux countries, when erstwhile allies Britain and France avoided offensive operations and simply waited for the German Army to regroup and come to them.

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