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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.

The Coalfire blog is written by the company's leadership team and our highly-credentialed security assessment experts.

  • Recent Surveys Reveal Trends and Spending Habits for Retailers in PCI Compliance

    Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    Recently, Gartner Research released two separate research reports on retailer PCI DSS compliance progress, trends and strategies. These reports are based on a survey of 77 merchants of varying sizes and covers a wide range of topics, including compliance status, spending and the incidence of assessed fines and penalties.

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  • Phishing Season: Spam on the rise

    Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Within the past two weeks there have been several reports on the increase in email spam, which can be directly correlated to an increase in phishing schemes and malware attacks.  These attacks are frequently being delivered under the guise of legitimate business: they come in the form of shipment confirmations, credit card statements, and IRS alerts.  They all request swift action to click a link or to read an attachment to address some pressing issue.

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