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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.

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  • Compliance and the Cloud

    March 14, 2011, Tom McAndrew, EVP Commercial Services, Coalfire

    “The Cloud” is a hot topic right now. Yet most people can’t even define what “the cloud” really is. As I talk to more companies, who are considering the move, they all have two main concerns: security and compliance. Of course, security and compliance are key when it comes to cloud computing, but the questions you really need to be asking is not, “Will I be secure and compliant if I move to the cloud?” but rather, “What do I need to do to be secure and compliant when I move to the cloud?”

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  • IT Compliance Matures into Risk Management

    March 07, 2011, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    Over the past ten years rapid change and an evolving threat landscape has better prepared Coalfire to defend our clients against known risks. Not surprisingly, much of the progress is due to compliance-related investments. As we look towards the next ten years, we see a proactive risk management framework being set in place.

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  • Full Steam Ahead! Coalfire Systems Secures $5 Million in Funding from Baird Venture Partners

    February 17, 2011, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    People often ask me what defines a successful company. At Coalfire Systems, it’s having a clear roadmap of services that clients need and want, which in turn drives growth and expansion. I am pleased to announce that Coalfire Systems has received an investment of $5 million dollars from Baird Venture Partners.

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