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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.


  • Windows Update Warning

    Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Coalfire is issuing this notice to alert our clients about a very important set of updates that were issued by Microsoft, as well as a pre-release announcement released by Oracle. While these are commonly handled through modern enterprise patch management systems, we want to underscore the importance of the issues that were covered in this month’s update.

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  • Deserialized Double Dirty

    John Skipper, Senior Consultant, Coalfire Labs

    Recently I was able to fully root a NetApp OnCommand Performance Manager appliance using a Java Deserialization vulnerability and Dirty COW.

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  • New News About the HITRUST Scoring Rubric and PRISMA Model

    Zach Shales, Principal, Healthcare Certification, Coalfire

    This is a high-level overview of the most significant changes about the updated HITRUST scoring rubric and PRISMA model that will affect all organizations using the HITRUST framework. It contains tips and guidance for how to prepare for upcoming HITRUST assessments. If you need a deeper dive into the changes, read the Coalfire Scoring and Rubrics White paper or contact us.

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  • FUD is Dead

    Doug Hudson, Senior Director, Cyber Risk Advisory, Coalfire

    A friend of mine who runs a cybersecurity firm told me recently, “Bro, FUD is dead. People are tired of all the fearmongering.” I completely agreed. For the uninitiated, FUD stands for Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt.

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  • What Is the DoD’s New Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, and What Does It Mean for Defense Contractors?

    Jim Masella, Director, FedRAMP & Assurance Services, Coalfire

    Citing the threat of compromise of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) within the defense industrial base (DIB), along with the high cost of cyber breaches in general, the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition has initiated a program for rating the cybersecurity maturity of defense contractors. At the program’s core is a new Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) based on a multi-level and multi-domain matrix of cybersecurity controls. 

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