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  • How Twitter, Amazon, and others were impacted by last Friday's DDOS attack - and what you might want to do about it.

    October 25, 2016, Kennet Westby, President and COO

    Our partner, Chertoff Group issued the following advisory. Client Advisory: October 21 distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. A major distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack recently (10/21/16) disrupted Internet communications throughout parts of the United States in several waves, and there is growing concern over a number of increasingly disruptive DDoS events that have occurred over the past several months. While facts are still unfolding, the Chertoff Group offers the following situational awareness on recent events and selected mitigation measures to consider.

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  • What does the FBI have to say about ransomware

    October 03, 2016, Tom Glaser, Healthcare Solutions Architect, Coalfire

    The FBI provided guidance on ransomware at a recent FBI/US Secret Service/ISAC event.  They defined ransomware as a type of malware that is commonly transmitted through malicious email, which is disguised to look normal.  Once the email link has been clicked on, or an email attachment has been opened, the malware installs on the computer.  After installation is completed, files on the computer become locked using encryption and cannot be opened without the key.  A ransom message is then displayed with information on how to pay the ransom.

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  • The Cost of a FedRAMP Assessment from a 3PAO Perspective

    September 22, 2016, Abel Sussman, Director, TAAS – Public Sector and Cyber Risk Advisory, Coalfire recently published a blog titled ‘How Much Does It Cost to Go Through FedRAMP?’ As a FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO), we wanted to provide additional factors for consideration for organizations that are evaluating or pursuing a FedRAMP authorization.

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  • FedRAMP Prioritization

    August 29, 2016, Abel Sussman, Director, TAAS – Public Sector and Cyber Risk Advisory, Coalfire

    Coalfire has been participating in the American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Cloud Computing community of interest in order to contribute in developing the new FedRAMP JAB Prioritization process.

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  • Thoughts on BSides Las Vegas 2016

    August 22, 2016, John Skipper, Associate Security Consultant, Coalfire Labs

    I recently attended “Infosec Week” in Vegas - Black Hat, BSides and DEFCON.  BSides is a high point every year.  This smaller Con has a plethora of perks which make it a “must attended” and also offers many of the same benefits or advantages or opportunities as Black Hat and DEFCON.

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