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.


  • 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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  • Determining if your Company is Prepared for FedRAMP

    May 13, 2013, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    Many companies interested in pursuing FedRAMP are seeking guidelines, checklists and any referenceable source  to help them understand and determine their level of preparedness to go through the FedRAMP process. The GSA's FedRAMP.gov site provides documentation on the FedRAMP process in their "Guide to Understanding FedRAMP."  In it is a 12-step checklist to help organizations gauge their readiness for FedRAMP.  

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  • Compliance Talk: Debt Collectors and PCI

    May 06, 2013, Ken Ballard,

    As the largest IT audit and compliance advisor in the U.S., Coalfire is exposed to a wide variety of compliance concerns.  In this series of Compliance Talk blogs, Dirk and Ken are back at their favorite coffee shop…the Bean and Berry in Louisville, Colorado.   Over a couple cappuccinos, their discussion turned to some of the unique aspects, when it comes to data security, of debt collection companies.

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