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.


  • Coalfire in the News

    January 17, 2012, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    It’s been quite a season in the world of IT security as we move into 2012. As experts in our field, we are often asked to comment on current trends and recent stories. Take some time to check out what we have had to say recently:

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  • Electronic Health Records and Meaningful Use: Protecting Electronic Health Information

    January 09, 2012, Chris Lietz, Vice President, Marketing & Channels

    Since 2009, healthcare providers and other companies providing services to the healthcare industry have been mobilizing to take advantage of government incentives to implement Electronic Health Records (or EHRs).  These incentives were established by federal law as a part of the HITECH Act of 2009, and are now administered by the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

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  • Cyber Security Fraud in the Banking Industry: Lessons Learned in OCC Examiner Training

    January 03, 2012, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    In late October 2011, Coalfire participated in a day of IT audit training with about 35 bank examiners.  As you would expect, we covered a lot of previously hot topics. The conversation changed as we started talking about the amount of fraud being realized by community banks and credit unions.

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  • What is Your Risk Assessment Worth?

    December 08, 2011, John Rostern, VP, Technology Advisory and Assessment Services

    A risk assessment provides your organization with a tool to determine how, where and how much to invest in controls and security over technology.  It also serves to document the risk acceptance policy of your organization as the acceptable level of risk dictates the level of controls to be implemented.  It is also a requisite part of legal and regulatory compliance for Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPAA and PCI, among others. 

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  • GivingFirst Launches online Charity Processing Service

    December 06, 2011, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    In the spirit of the Holiday Season, Coalfire has made a significant contribution to GivingFirst.org in the form of free Penetration Testing services.  GivingFirst is a Denver-based community foundation whose mission is “to improve quality of life by increasing community generosity and involvement.” 

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