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, 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.


  • Apple Pay: A New Way to Pay

    September 09, 2014, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    Every September, Apple announces exciting new products that promise to change how we interact with not only our devices, but with the world around us. 2014 has been no exception; in San Francisco this morning, Apple announced the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Even though I’m excited about the capabilities and features of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, I’ll leave those blog posts to the consumer phone experts.

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  • Stop Hitting the Snooze Button

    September 08, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    In the aftermath of the most damaging retail breach in history, a CEO in the financial industry explained his company’s position on the issue:

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  • A New Cold War – with Many Sides

    August 28, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    A New Cold War – with Many Sides  There’s a lot we still don’t know about the FBI’s investigation of the data theft at JP Morgan Chase & Co. Criminal hackers based in Russia were targeting U.S. financial institutions long before Russia annexed Crimea or the West responded with sanctions. Is this truly a state-level act? Is it more than a coincidence that the attacks on our financial institutions follow a series of relatively effective sanctions against Russian financial interests? Or is it just another money-making venture by a Russian hacker network?

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  • Heartbleed Aftershocks: Community Health Systems Breach, 4.5 Million Records Lost

    August 22, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    The news this week that hackers from China compromised 4.5 million customer records held by Community Health Systems is just the latest indication that companies are not adequately protecting the information of the consumers they serve.

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  • A billion reasons to enhance your penetration testing

    August 20, 2014, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    There are so many questions regarding those leaked Russian passwords. Is this for real? What sites are on that list? How can you tell if your site’s users are in the “Russian Billion”? Isn’t this just a matter of changing user passwords? Bottom line:  As a company with websites that have user accounts, what should you do?

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