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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.

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  • The Archimedes Medical Device Security 101 Conference - A Secure Forum for Security Issues

    January 26, 2018, Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    The University of Michigan’s Archimedes Center for Medical Device Security hosted its second annual MDS 101 conference in Orlando this month. The conference provides a secure forum for attendees to speak freely about cybersecurity issues with respected professionals who can help establish best practices for improving medical device security.

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  • Has Your O365 Account Been Hacked?

    January 16, 2018, Robert Meekins, Director, Forensics, Coalfire

    In the past six months, Coalfire has seen an increase in businesses receiving fraudulent emails from legitimate client accounts with fraudulent invoice attachments. In several cases, the recipient paid the invoices not realizing they were fraudulent. The losses have ranged between thousands and hundreds of thousands of dollars. When the business investigated, they found that the mailbox associated with the sender’s account did not contain the sent emails. Moreover, the authorized user claims they never sent the email.

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  • The Spectre of Chips on Meltdown

    January 05, 2018, Victor Teissler, Security Associate, Coalfire

    The news is rife with emerging details of Intel and other chip vulnerabilities and the hardware bugs that can potentially exploit them. While details are still developing and will likely continue to be uncovered in the days, weeks, and even months ahead, we will explore what is known to date.

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  • Healthcare Security Pros Prioritize Sharing and Caring in the Wild, Wild West of Healthcare

    January 02, 2018, Deborah McLain, Director, Heathcare & Life Sciences, Coalfire

    Security professionals from healthcare delivery organizations (HDOs), medical device manufacturers, and pharmaceutical companies gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona for the NH-ISAC Cyber Rodeo Summit last month. The big topics were how to share more threat intelligence, while at the same time ensuring the highest level of patient care and safety.

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  • Look Out! Risk Is on the Move, According to IoT Thought Leaders from Across the Globe

    December 19, 2017, Deborah McLain, Director, Heathcare & Life Sciences, Coalfire

    The IoT Security Summit 2017 in New York City in late October and the Security of Things World USA 2017 in San Diego last month were both packed with thought leaders from all parts of the IoT ecosystem – device manufacturers, telecom carriers, cloud providers, and early-adopter end users from vertical industries. They came, they saw, and they tried to conquer the many security challenges faced by organizations when implementing IoT initiatives . . . but came away with many unanswered questions.

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