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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.

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  • 2017 RSA Conference Highlights

    February 23, 2017, Holly Doucette, Events & Communications Manager, Coalfire

    Over five days, 45,000 consumers and thought leaders convened at the 2017 RSA Conference, sharing insights on how to stay ahead of today’s – and tomorrow’s – cyber threats. Coalfire was in the thick of it, and here we’ve compiled some of the most important takeaways.

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  • SSAE No 18 effective for SOC reports dated May 1, 2017

    February 15, 2017, Jamie Kilcoyne, Managing Director Coalfire Controls

    The AICPA Auditing Standards Board (ASB) announces new changes for SOC reporting under SSAE No. 18 in April 2016. A description of the changes and what it means for service organizations is below.

    The AICPA’s attestation standards contain the requirements and application guidance for performing and reporting on examination, review, and agreed-upon procedures engagements. Since Service Organization Controls (SOC) reports are classified as “examinations”, the attestation standards apply to these engagements.

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  • Reconciling Quarterly ASV and QSA Scanning Requirements

    February 02, 2017, Rebecca Larson, ScanDesk Director, Coalfire

    In the compliance realm, the term “quarterly” seems to be a sound and straight-forward term used to provide guidance and to aid entities in adhering to requirements. However, it’s meaning can vary based on its context in relation to dealing with various compliance requirements from your ASV and QSA. Here are some guidelines around what you can do to prevent getting snagged in the potential mire of abiding by quarterly scanning requirements.

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