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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.


  • Coalfire Receives Investment from The Carlyle Group and The Chertoff Group

    September 16, 2015, Larry Jones, CEO

    I’m pleased to announce that we recently closed on a significant investment from The Carlyle Group and The Chertoff Group – two prestigious investment groups that both have extensive experience in the cybersecurity space. The selection of these two firms came after an extensive six-month process of choosing from many interested parties.

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  • A huge applause from the NIST-OCR-HIPAA 2015 conference

    September 09, 2015, Andrew Hicks, Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Director

    It looked like the 8th annual conference may have garnered record-breaking attendance as I noticed hotel staff rushing to add skirted tables and chairs to the back of the room to accommodate a standing-room-only crowd.  I guess that was to be expected given the star-studded line-up of presenters including HHS OCR Director Jocelyn Samuels, her brand new Deputy Director, Deven McGraw, and the OCR enforcer, Iliana Peters.  We also heard from government officials at the FTC, the ONC, NIST’s NCCoE, and the HHS Preparedness and Response office.  The audience responded to each session with a line of people trailing from the microphone set up for Q&A – and with excellent questions, too!

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  • Guest blog: PCI audits and how to recognize a good QSA auditor and partner

    July 22, 2015, Patrick Townsend, Townsend Security

    Many organizations approach a PCI audit with fear and trepidation. There are a lot of stories out there about how difficult, expensive and disruptive a PCI audit can be, but I want to see if I can add some balance to this view. I believe that when it comes to a PCI auditor it matters a great deal who you are working with. We just completed a PCI audit of our Alliance Key Manager for VMware solution and it gave me a whole new perspective and attitude about the audit process. Our PCI work was conducted by Coalfire, a security company that provides PCI audit services as well as audit services for the health and financial communities. Most of my remarks will reflect on the great experience we had with Coalfire and some of the lessons we learned.

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  • PCI Scope Assessments for Higher Education Institutions

    July 13, 2015, Tyler Baker, Regional Sales Manager

    With the release of PCI DSS version 3.0 and more recently 3.1, many Higher Education Institutions have found it hard to know which SAQ’s they should be filling out since there are now nine options. Higher Education Institutions have very complex merchant card environments and with the new requirements it is even harder to recognize what’s in scope.  Tyler Baker interviews Dirk Anderson, the Vice President of Enterprise Risk & Compliance Platform at Coalfire, to get a deeper understanding of PCI Scope Assessment.

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  • What the PCI Council’s Point-to-Point-Encryption (P2PE) Update Means for You

    July 10, 2015, Tim Winston, Principal, P2PE/Payment Processors

    Last week, the PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) published the updated P2PE v2.0 standard. The Summary of Changes from v1.1 to v2.0, the updated P2PE Glossary and the PIM template are available in the PCI SSC  documents library. According to the announcement, the highlights of the new version are...

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