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 Systems Assessment: Merchant Link’s TransactionShield and TransactionVault Reduce Merchant’s PCI Scope

    June 23, 2011, Kennet Westby, President and COO

    Merchants spend a lot of time and money developing IT controls programs to protect consumer credit card data. Through our work with thousands of retailers, we’ve learned that one of the best ways to contain costs and reduce risk is to keep cardholder data out of as many systems and business processes as possible. In our line of business, that’s called ‘reducing PCI scope’, since systems and processes that don’t store, process or transmit cardholder data are excluded from the controls required by the PCI DSS.

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  • This Week: Coalfire Systems in the News

    June 15, 2011, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    It’s been quite a week in the world of IT security, and 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 had to say recently:

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  • Coalfire Expands Dallas Office and Names Kurt Hagerman Managing Director

    June 14, 2011, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    I am pleased to announce that our Dallas office is growing by leaps and bounds. Leading the charge is Kurt Hagerman, the newly appointed managing director. Kurt will serve more than 60 clients in the Southwest region and oversee Coalfire’s strategic vision while building new client relationships for the company. Also joining the Dallas office are Rick Link as an IT audit director, Adam Bush as a senior auditor and Justin Baker as a regional sales manager.

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  • HIPAA Compliance and Call Centers

    June 09, 2011, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    In a previous post titled Is It Safe to Speak? Protection for Telephone-Based Payment Card Data, I commented on the PCI SSC new requirements for call center operations and recording systems.

    Call center security has been a hot topic for a long time. How safe is the information that is given over the phone?  Especially in the healthcare industry, patient privacy is paramount.

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