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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.

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.


  • Just a Few Seats Left at the Coalfire Adaptive Pen Testing Training at Black Hat!

    July 18, 2017, The Coalfire Team, Communications

    Black Hat is just around the corner, and Coalfire is gearing up for the best Adaptive Penetration Testing Training yet! We’ve ‘adapted’ the Adaptive Penetration Test Training course with new instructors, enriched content, and new labs to provide the richest training to date. The revised training now includes exploitation and post-exploitation for Linux as well as an after-hours bonus, Social Engineering “practical” exercises. Demand has been high – we’ve sold out the July 22-23 class, but we’ve got just a few seats left for our July 24-25 class. Save $100 on those last seats if you register before the 21st!

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  • Getting cert-y with all-5 AWS certs

    July 12, 2017, Jeremy Gibbons, AWS Channel Lead, Coalfire

    I thought my recent experience achieving all five (5) AWS certs might be helpful to others in the community that are looking to do the same. However, this blog isn’t meant to stand on its own, and I encourage everyone interested in going for all 5 certs to read other blogs posts too.

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  • Petya/NotPetya: What It Is, and What You Can Do Right Now

    June 27, 2017, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Just when we thought there were no more tears left in the wake of WannaCry, it’s time to pull out the tissues yet again for the latest global cyber incident: introducing “NotPetya,” the most recent ransomware variant to creep across continents and affect companies across many industries. Please read on for helpful information on how to prevent a NotPetya attack, as well as minimize propagation across the network.

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  • Getting the Most Value Out of Your Phishing Program

    June 27, 2017, Ryan MacDougall, Sr. Security Consultant

    Are your phishing tests worth the money you are spending on them?

    Please don't misinterpret that as suggesting you shouldn't be testing your users. To the contrary, I think you should be testing all your users (executives of all ranks included) on a regular basis. What I mean by that question is; are you really "testing" your users, or are you merely spot quizzing them?

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  • AWS Public Sector Summit 2017: Cloud Super Powers and Security

    June 16, 2017, Marshall England, Industry Marketing Director, Technology & Cloud

    Coalfire recently returned from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Public Sector Summit, held in Washington, D.C., which addresses some of the most pressing issues today’s leaders face around security, governance and compliance, and more. While Coalfire has attended the show in the past, we were especially amazed at how strong of a conference this year was. The crowd totaled more than 10,000 attendees – up from 50 at the first Public Sector Summit only eight years ago. This year’s theme was “Super Heroes” and centered on how AWS provides its customers with “Superpowers” such as Speed, Power, Scalability, Durability, Strength and Truth.

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