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.


  • Are you in danger of missing the HIPAA Omnibus?

    August 28, 2013, Ken Ballard,

    On September 23, 2013, many companies will be required by law to comply with HIPAA…and they don’t even know it.  Specifically, the final HIPAA Omnibus Rule pulls all companies under the law if they store, process, or transmit PHI data as part of their business processes. While the Omnibus Rule was drafted in late 2012, Coalfire still sees a lot of confusion among service providers, or business associates.

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  • Highlights of Newly Released PCI DSS 3.0 Information

    August 15, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    The standards are coming!  The PCI SSC has finally let loose with some much needed information regarding the upcoming releases of the PCI DSS 3.0 and PA DSS 3.0 standards.  Available on the PCI SSC website; the document titled “Version 3.0 Change Highlights” contains information on what PCI stakeholders can expect in the upcoming release of the new security standards:

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  • MAPCO Incident Highlights the Risks Faced by All Convenience Stores

    August 13, 2013, Chris Lietz, Vice President, Marketing & Channels

    On May 6, 2013, convenience store operator MAPCO Express, Inc. did a responsible thing – they issued a press release that shared important information about a data security incident that was discovered at their stores. Such notices ---along with a whole lot of behind-the-scenes investigative work – are standard operating procedure when incidents are discovered.

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  • The Rapidly Changing World of Mobile Application Payment Systems Compliance

    June 28, 2013, Ken Ballard,

    In this series of Compliance Talk, Dirk and Ken are back at their favorite coffee shop, this time joined by Dan Fritsche.  Dan is Coalfire’s Director of Solution Validated Services and is considered a thought leader on mobile payments, P2PE and other emerging trends in the payments industry.  

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  • PCI DSS 3.0 Is Coming Soon

    May 13, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    The PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) plans on releasing the newest version of the PCI Data Security Standard in October, 2013.  Predictably, the PCI SSC has been tight-lipped on divulging details regarding any expected changes.

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