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 wasn't raining when Noah built the ark

    April 01, 2014, Craig Billado, Forensic Analyst, Coalfire Labs

    This month movie-goers around the world will flock (possibly two-by-two) to see Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Noah’—a silver-screen adaptation of the timeless biblical story, starring Russell Crow and Jennifer Connelly .  Whether one interprets the flood narrative literally or figuratively, this fact remains:  the time to prepare for disaster is not after the fact but beforehand. This is true whether the calamity is divine or human in origin.

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  • HIPAA Compliance: A Demanding Effort Yielding Deserved Benefits

    April 01, 2014, Gerald Drake III, IT Security Consultant

    The heat is on!  Compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) has never been more scrutinized and highly regarded.  The push towards compliance has fueled businesses large and small to explore the options and necessary requirements of HIPAA compliance.  Specifically, any organization that meets the HIPAA definition of a covered entity or business associate is subject to and under the HIPAA compliance umbrella, regardless of how far removed they are from the point of treatment, and is subject to audit, fines, and penalties in the event of a breach.

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  • The PCI DSS 3.0 SAQs are here!

    March 17, 2014, Kenny Yau, Senior IT Security Consultant

    The Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) released Data Security Standards (DSS) 3.0 in November 2013 and has just released the related Self-Assessment Questionnaires (SAQ). There are two new SAQs, SAQ A-EP and SAQ B-IP.

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  • PCI SSC Releases New SAQ Versions for 3.0

    February 28, 2014, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    As expected, the SSC finally released the new version of the Self-Assessments Questionnaires (SAQs) today on their website. They are available on the PCI SSC’s website here:

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  • Would EMV Help?

    February 26, 2014, Andrew Barratt, Managing Director, Europe

    With the spate of cyber attackers on US retailers recently, Coalfire’s European Managing Director, Andrew Barratt considers how the attacks on retailers differ outside the US and what the potential impact of similar attacks is in a world where chip and pin technology is more widely deployed. 

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