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.


  • 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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  • 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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