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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.


  • What’s Your Computer Thinking About? Examining Random Access Memory (RAM)

    December 28, 2016, Robert Meekins, Director, Forensics, Coalfire

    How valuable would it be to be able to read another person’s mind? To know what they’re thinking or planning to do would be invaluable. Or, how valuable would it be to know what they have done in the recent past, especially if you believed they were involved in some criminal activity? Who they were talking to, or what they said. If you could recreate the events and determine the timeline of activity, information like this could help you in solving plenty of mysteries.

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  • FedRAMP in Bloomberg

    December 14, 2016, Abel Sussman, Senior Project Manager, Commercial Services, Coalfire

    Recently Bloomberg Government published an article that describes the increasing awareness of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) as a major factor affecting the federal marketspace. The article indirectly indicates a major first-mover advantage, as there are “only 77 products” available to fulfill over two hundred Bloomberg-identified FedRAMP opportunities.

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  • New PCI NESA Guidance is Good News for Non-Listed Encryption Solutions

    December 06, 2016, Sam Pfanstiel, Solution Principal, PCI, Coalfire

    While PCI P2PE is still the most secure approach, solution providers, who are not yet validated, can now offer additional clarity to merchants, QSAs, and acquirers

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  • Yahoo / Verizon: A $1B Data Breach Discount?

    November 11, 2016, Bob Post, Senior Practice Director, Cyber Risk Advisory, Coalfire

    In July of this year Verizon announced it was going to buy Yahoo for $4.8B.  A few weeks later, Yahoo starts investigating a potential data breach of around 200 million records that were for sale on the Dark Web.  In mid-September, Yahoo discloses that sometime in 2014, they were attacked and roughly 500 million user accounts were compromised.  A couple of days later, Verizon says this is the first they’ve heard of this and that event may have a “material impact” on the purchase deal.  By October news reports circulate that Verizon may ask for a $1B discount off the purchase price.

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  • Optimizing your PCI Compliance Investments

    November 11, 2016, Sam Pfanstiel, Solution Principal, PCI, Coalfire

    Everybody knows that the cost of a breach is high. Given the fact that the chance of a data breach for all merchants is nearly 1-in-4, it’s important to not only have PCI compliance in place, but also the right solutions to optimize your compliance spend.

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