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.

  • Data Privacy Day 2012 – BYOD

    January 30, 2012, Kennet Westby, President and COO

    January marks Data Privacy Month and on January 28th we celebrated Data Privacy Day. In the past year, we have seen an increase in the consumerization of IT and “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) in the enterprise. In honor of Data Privacy Day 2012, we have partnered with The Center for Identity at The University of Texas to host a seminar on Wednesday, February 1.

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  • Formalized IT Security Policy Now Required for Government Prime and Sub-contractors

    January 20, 2012, Alan Ferguson, Executive VP, Sales and Marketing, Co-founder

    This month the GSA announced an IT security mandate for government prime- and sub-contractors that requires them to have a formalized IT security plan that includes periodic audits.  Many government sub-contractors, large and small, will benefit from a third-party compliance program review so they can meet the intent of the rule but more importantly, they can promote an IT risk audit as a benefit to their customer base in their business development efforts.  There are a large number of sub-contractors, including IT service providers, that will need to comply with this new mandate.

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  • Coalfire in the News

    January 17, 2012, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    It’s been quite a season in the world of IT security as we move into 2012. As experts in our field, we are often asked to comment on current trends and recent stories. Take some time to check out what we have had to say recently:

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  • Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use: Protecting Electronic Health Information

    January 09, 2012, Chris Lietz, Vice President, Marketing & Channels

    Since 2009, healthcare providers and other companies providing services to the healthcare industry have been mobilizing to take advantage of government incentives to implement Electronic Health Records (or EHRs).  These incentives were established by federal law as a part of the HITECH Act of 2009, and are now administered by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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  • Cyber Security Fraud in the Banking Industry: Lessons Learned in OCC Examiner Training

    January 03, 2012, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    In late October 2011, Coalfire participated in a day of IT audit training with about 35 bank examiners.  As you would expect, we covered a lot of previously hot topics. The conversation changed as we started talking about the amount of fraud being realized by community banks and credit unions.

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