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.


  • IT Security Horror Story #1: The Case of the Phantom Blood Red Team

    October 29, 2013, Andrew Barratt, Managing Director, Europe

    An unsuspecting Fortune 100 company allows horrible creatures into their building and systems during a Red Team engagement. READ MORE…IF YOU DARE -

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  • 2013 PCI SSC North America Meeting – Wrap-Up

    October 21, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    Coalfire sent the entire team to the meeting in Las Vegas and everyone reported a positive and engaging experience.  We hosted our annual dinner where we caught up with clients and friends – a good time was had by all. 
    The most valuable technical information was presented during the ‘Assessors Only’ session on Tuesday afternoon.  The SSC covered the upcoming changes to the PCI DSS and PA-DSS standards.  There was an open Q&A session with excellent insight on the industry’s concerns and the SSC’s intent with many of the proposed changes.

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  • College students concerned about information security

    September 23, 2013, Mark Lucas, Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer, Coalfire

    Universities and colleges have been under significant pressure to upgrade their technology both in and out of the classroom. For instance, many organizations turn to mobility as a way to engage students and facilitate learning campus-wide. While much of the discussion is around issues such as the availability of Wi-Fi, there are numerous other things to consider as smartphones and tablets become a part of most technology ecosystems.

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  • BYOD Survey 2013: Employees and Companies Remain Lax with BYOD Security

    September 18, 2013, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Despite a dramatic increase in mobile device sales in the past year, BYOD security among employees remains static. Gartner forecasts 2013 tablet shipments to grow 67.9 percent, with shipments reaching 202 million units, while the mobile phone market will grow 4.3 percent, with volume of more than 1.8 billion units.

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  • PCI DSS 3.0 puts emphasis on year-round awareness

    September 10, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    It's easy to think of PCI compliance as just another annual hoop to jump through. Of course, after the annual audit, the business is safe for another 12 months, right? Well, not exactly, and with the upcoming release of PCI DSS 3.0, there will be an even bigger reason to think about compliance beyond the scope of a yearly audit.

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