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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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  • What is Defcon

    August 17, 2016, Justin Wynn, Associate Consultant, Coalfire Labs

    The first year I attended, I was lucky enough to identify interesting wireless signals with a distinct sound – that of the POCSAG and FLEX protocols. Decoding these signals revealed party invites to the Telephreak party where I listened to raw, uncensored lightning talks covering topics from car hacking to the fragility the entire West Coast’s power grid, and even met notable figures like Kevin Mitnick. It’s not unheard of for other notorious characters, like John McAfee, to attend events like these and share war stories.

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  • Hacker Summer Camp – Recap of BSidesLV, Black Hat & Defcon

    August 17, 2016, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    What a week!  Hacker summer camp in Vegas was amazing!  This was my first time through for all three of the conferences in Vegas – BSidesLV, Black Hat, and Defcon.  I’ve been to BSidesLV and Defcon plenty of times, but experiencing all of these back-to-back (-to-back!, with a bit of overlap) gives a unique perspective on each of these and what makes them valuable.  On a somewhat unrelated note, it also provided me my own “unique perspective” on exactly how many days I can do in Vegas before being “done”.  As it turns out, that number is four.  Not the six that I was there for – or the nine that the more hard-core members of our Labs team did!  I don’t even want to imagine what nine days would do to me.  *shiver*

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  • Sam Pfanstiel Appointed Director, Solution Architecture for Payments

    July 13, 2016, Communications Team, Coalfire

    Coalfire today announced Sam Pfanstiel has joined the company as the Director of Solution Architecture for Payments. Pfanstiel’s experience spans solution engineering and consulting as well as research and development positions.

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  • Robert Flores Named Vice President of IT

    July 13, 2016, Communications Team, Coalfire

    Coalfire welcomes Robert Flores as the newest addition to the cybersecurity risk management and compliance service leader’s leadership team as its Vice President of Information Technology. Flores has a proven track record of driving strategy for high-growth IT companies while managing billion-dollar global programs and teams across the telecommunications, professional services and SaaS sectors in the United States and abroad. 

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  • What you need to know: Navigating EU Data Protection changes – EU-US Privacy Shield and EU General Data Protection Regulation

    July 08, 2016, Marshall England, Industry Marketing Director, Technology & Cloud

    If you’re an organization with trans-Atlantic presence that transmits and stores European citizen data (e.g. employee payroll & HR data, client & prospect data) in the U.S. you will want to pay attention. What we will discuss was administered under the European Union’s Data Protection Directive and a previous EU-U.S. agreement called Safe Harbor.  We will cover what happened, what’s next, new rules (and penalties) that are set to go into effect and our recommendations.

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