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 Expands Dallas Office and Names Kurt Hagerman Managing Director

    June 14, 2011, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    I am pleased to announce that our Dallas office is growing by leaps and bounds. Leading the charge is Kurt Hagerman, the newly appointed managing director. Kurt will serve more than 60 clients in the Southwest region and oversee Coalfire’s strategic vision while building new client relationships for the company. Also joining the Dallas office are Rick Link as an IT audit director, Adam Bush as a senior auditor and Justin Baker as a regional sales manager.

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  • HIPAA Compliance and Call Centers

    June 09, 2011, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    In a previous post titled Is It Safe to Speak? Protection for Telephone-Based Payment Card Data, I commented on the PCI SSC new requirements for call center operations and recording systems.

    Call center security has been a hot topic for a long time. How safe is the information that is given over the phone?  Especially in the healthcare industry, patient privacy is paramount.

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  • They Changed What? HIPAA & HITECH

    May 24, 2011, Andrew Hicks, Managing Principal, Coalfire

    In 1996, the Healthcare Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) opened the door to increased exchanges of healthcare information in an effort to improve care and reduce costs. The Act included new provisions for protected health information (PHI). Since there are only a few limited reviews and enforcement efforts, the effectiveness of the implementations have remained open.

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  • Meet John Rostern: Managing Director of the New York Office

    May 11, 2011, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    We are pleased to announce that John Rostern has joined Coalfire Systems as managing director of the New York office. Read more
  • Botnets: 2011 Rocky Mountain Information Security Conference

    May 09, 2011, Bruce DeYoung,

    Botnets have become one of the most dangerous cyber threats affecting businesses today. Botnets criminals focus on the same things as most criminals: money and information. That is why these criminals are targeting payroll, human resources departments, C-level executives and senior strategists.

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