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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.

  • BYOD Survey Results: Employees are not playing it safe with company data

    August 14, 2012, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Employers are seeing a drastic increase in the number of employees using personal smartphones and tablets in the office. This “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) trend is causing headaches for the IT department and there is no stopping this trend. Due to the sensitive nature of company information often accessed on those devices, it has become a growing concern for small and large businesses alike.

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  • Coalfire Certificates: Proof of a Job Well Done

    July 18, 2012, Chris Lietz, Vice President, Marketing & Channels

    Most security professionals don’t like to boast about their good work. They would rather stay behind the scenes to keep systems and data protected from harm. However, companies also need to let customers and business partners know that they have a security program and are compliant with applicable security regulations and standards. That is why we created the Coalfire Certificate program.   -- so companies can highlight that their IT controls have been independently scanned, assessed or validated in accordance with the highest industry standards.

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  • Proudly Supporting Our Country’s Navy Reserves

    July 10, 2012, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    July is a month in which we celebrate our nation’s independence and we hope that you’ve had the chance to reflect on the many freedoms and blessing we enjoy as citizens of the United States. At Coalfire, we know full well that those freedoms have been paid for, at least in part by the America’s service men and women.

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  • VMware releases PCI Solution Guide and it has good news for compliance-oriented buyers

    June 22, 2012, Chris Lietz, Vice President, Marketing & Channels

    This month VMware release an important document, the VMware Solution Guide for Payment Card Industry (PCI). It’s significant because it is the first document of its kind to map the PCI requirements – including those authored by the PCI SSC’s  Virtualization  SIG – to a commercially-available stack of virtualization solutions.

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  • P2P Encryption Program now available from PCI Council

    May 25, 2012, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    The PCI council has updated the Point-to-Point encryption (P2PE) program requirements (PDF). The update impacts merchants, payment applications, point of sale vendors and service providers. As a participating organization of the PCI P2PE task force, providing input into the standard, I wanted to briefly explain how this affects the various PCI ecosystem participants.

    The ultimate goal of the P2PE program is to reduce the PCI DSS scope that merchants experience by shifting the burden away from merchants toward solution providers who are providing validated P2PE solutions. Deploying validated P2PE solutions will simplify PCI DSS validation for merchants while reducing the risk of cardholder data breaches.

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