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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.


  • SOC 2 Criteria: Change Is Coming - And You Can Have a Voice

    August 07, 2017, Jeff Cook, Principal, SOC Practice, Coalfire

    SOC 2 reports are an important tool service providers use to give their customers assurances about their service’s security, compliance, privacy, availability, confidentiality and processing integrity by providing details about the service and the related controls that are in place. SOC 2 examinations are conducted by independent CPA firms such as Coalfire Controls, LLC and other credible firms. Periodically, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) reviews the standardized criteria used in a SOC 2 examination and makes updates to keep the process relevant and assure it is providing stringent measures for customer organizations’ peace of mind.

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  • Black Hat 2017: training, cybersecurity trends and end-point protection

    August 03, 2017, Marshall England, Sr. Marketing Director, Technology & Cloud

    Every year, Black Hat is a highly anticipated event in the cybersecurity community—and Black Hat 2017 certainly did not disappoint! It was yet another year of record traffic, bustling with visitors from the security community that want to strengthen their security skills and postures. Organizations in the midst of digital transformations and digital native businesses alike sent security teams to learn about various tools and techniques to increase their knowledge of defense and breach prevention.

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

    July 18, 2017, Communications Team, Coalfire

    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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