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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.

The Coalfire blog is written by the company's leadership team and our highly-credentialed security assessment experts.


  • A new way to manage supply chain risk – Introducing the AICPA SOC for Supply Chain report

    Jeff Cook, SOC Director, Coalfire

    With the continuation of its System and Organization Controls (SOC) suite of services (SOC 2®, SOC for Cybersecurity, etc.), the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has released a new report format that focuses on manufacturing and distribution supply chains. The AICPA’s SOC for Supply Chain framework helps these organizations communicate their processes and controls to support their supply chain risk management, as well as to detect, prevent, and respond to supply chain risks. Organizations can also use SOC for Supply Chain reports to help understand and manage their external risks (including cybersecurity) that are typically related to their vendor or distribution networks.

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  • Minimize Business Disruption and Move Forward with Solid Assessment Guidance

    Dixon Wright, VP SOC, ISO, and Healthcare Services, Coalfire

    COVID-19 has seized the world’s attention by disrupting the economy, the workforce, and our personal lives. While no one knows when this pandemic is going to end or its lasting impact, Coalfire is listening closely to our customers and doing everything we can to minimize disruption to their businesses. We are keenly aware that businesses must move forward with selling products and services and still have a need – albeit not “mission critical” – for third-party assurance.

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  • Successful SOC 2 Approaches to Address Fraud Risk

    Demarley Holder, Principal, SOC, Coalfire

    Coalfire has found that many SOC 2 clients struggle with addressing COSO Principle 8 (fraud risk considerations) because they innately think only about financial fraud risks. Many clients do not understand that fraud risks depend on the nature of the business and the environment in which the business operates and as such they do not extend their paradigm to consider non-financial fraud risks.

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  • Tax Time Again: IT Security for Accounting Firms

    Jeff Cook, SOC Director, Coalfire

    As the end of another busy tax season approaches, it is important for accounting firms to remember their obligations related to data security. Accounting firms maintain a significant amount of data on behalf of their own employees and clients. These firms house financial records, tax information, corporate intellectual property, legal documents, healthcare records, and/or other privacy information, all of which is valuable to cybercriminals. This data can be used for ransom, filing fraudulent tax returns, or sold on the dark web. Should this occur, firms could face a loss of reputation, clients, and money. In the months leading up to April, the number of client engagements (and data) increases significantly, in turn, increasing risk.

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  • SOC 2 Type 1 and SOC 2 Type 2 Frequently Asked Questions

    Dixon Wright, VP SOC, ISO, and Healthcare Services, Coalfire

    Coalfire’s SOC Practice Directors Dixon Wright and Jeff Cook recently conducted a webinar on AWS and SOC Reporting, What you need to know. The presentation provided a lot of good points that organizations should know or be prepared for regardless of the technology that is being used. Below you will find a transcript of the Q&A session from the webinar.

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