The Coalfire Blog

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.

The Coalfire blog is written by the company's leadership team and our highly-credentialed security assessment experts.


  • Security Considerations for the Social Distancing Era?

    April, 2020, Andrew Barratt, Managing Director, Europe

    COVID-19 is changing the way nearly all of us work and, for some specialist security operations, this is a real challenge. For others, it’s an excellent opportunity to add value to the business for when the economy starts to recover.

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  • What Will Happen to My ISO Certificate During a Global Pandemic?

    March, 2020, David Forman, Managing Principal, Coalfire ISO, Inc.

    As the coronavirus outbreak continues and safety concerns relating to travel and large group meetings increase globally, Coalfire ISO (“CFISO”) has been monitoring the effects of this crisis on both its customers and its employees. As a certification body, CFISO maintains accreditation with both the ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Both governing bodies have been proactive in their responses to this developing worldwide event and have issued guidance to certification bodies referenced below.

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  • COVID-19 Pandemic Stresses the Importance of Business Continuity

    March, 2020, Rich Curtiss, Principal, Healthcare Risk Assurance Services

    One of the more critical aspects of organizational risk management is that of Business Continuity.  Many organizations overlook the importance of developing and instituting a Business Continuity Plan (BCP).

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  • Compliance in the Cloud - Effective Strategies to Minimize to Ensure Success

    March, 2020, Adam Kerns, Managing Principal, Commercial Services: Product Development, Coalfire

    It's no secret that the principles, controls, and terminology associated with compliance can be a confusing alphabet soup that hinders an organization's ability to go-to-market and expand its customer base. The difficulties in meeting compliance objectives are not limited to organization size or types. Most (if not all) organizations struggle to integrate compliance requirements into their existing workloads and systems.

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  • COVID-19 Incites Crimes of Opportunity

    March, 2020, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Cybercriminals don't care that you're worried about a global pandemic. They are opportunistic, and we should expect them to take advantage of COVID-19 in a variety of creative ways. With our economy essentially shut down and one in five Americans ordered to stay home, millions of people are less mobile and will ultimately spend more time than ever on the internet. The good news is that people may be less vulnerable to the cyber threats that abound due to this reduced mobile, but there are plenty of ways to target people, and the latest crisis provides ample fodder to start with.

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