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.

  • IT Security Horror Stories: Tale of the Fake IT Rep

    October 29, 2012, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Some IT security monsters aren't as obvious as a Mummy. At Coalfire Labs, we discover—and help our clients address—some pretty scary security and compliance problems. There are lots of deceptive monsters looking to exploit the weaknesses of their victims. This is one of those terrifying but true stories...

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  • IT Security Horror Stories: Truth is Scarier Than Fiction

    October 29, 2012, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    At Coalfire Labs, we discover—and help our clients address—some pretty scary security and compliance problems. Everyone’s heard of blood-sucking cyber criminals looking for vulnerable IT systems. Even when organizations have protections in place, these monsters just won’t give up. Their appetite is insatiable...

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  • IT Security Horror Stories: The Case of the Phantom Technician

    October 29, 2012, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    At Coalfire Labs, we discover—and help our clients address—a lot of scary security and compliance problems. Like zombies out looking for a victim, nefarious characters are out to attack your IT infrastructure and compromise your systems. Even when organizations have protections in place, the monsters just won’t give up. They keep coming. Consider this frightening tale...

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  • Penetration Testing Frequently Asked Questions

    October 29, 2012, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    You may have noticed this recent article about Google’s contest that rewarded a hacker for discovering a vulnerability in Chrome. Once Google verified the vulnerability, they were able to fix the bug and issue the cash prize to the hacker. This is a very public example similar to what Coalfire Labs does every day - working with security leaders to test their security programs.

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  • Coalfire Client FireHost Achieves HITRUST CSF Certification

    October 19, 2012, Rick Link, Managing Director

    Yesterday, we were delighted to see our long-time client Firehost announce that they achieved Common Security Framework (CSF) “Certified” status from the HITRUST Alliance.  Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, FireHost has made compliance a top priority, and we’ve enjoyed working with them to achieve this important designation.

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  • Cyber Security Legislation

    October 04, 2012, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    October is Cyber Security Awareness Month: Get Informed and Get Involved on Cyber Legislation. Every October, the National Cyber Security Alliance sponsors National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and a growing number of businesses and institutions are joining the chorus.  The White House got in on the act, too, with this Presidential Proclamation.

    To celebrate the month, Coalfire will be blogging on topics of interest to our customers and business partners, and we invite you to join the discussion. This first post is an update on cyber legislation.

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