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.


  • What you need to know: Navigating EU Data Protection changes – EU-US Privacy Shield and EU General Data Protection Regulation

    July 08, 2016, Marshall England, Sr. Marketing Director, Technology & Cloud

    If you’re an organization with trans-Atlantic presence that transmits and stores European citizen data (e.g. employee payroll & HR data, client & prospect data) in the U.S. you will want to pay attention. What we will discuss was administered under the European Union’s Data Protection Directive and a previous EU-U.S. agreement called Safe Harbor.  We will cover what happened, what’s next, new rules (and penalties) that are set to go into effect and our recommendations.

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  • One Way to Boost Proactive Cybersecurity

    June 30, 2016, Chip Coy, Solution Architect

    It’s clear from media articles that new CISOs need to make an immediate impact on their organization’s security program in the first 90 days with action items such as “make a quarterly plan for the next year”.

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  • Creating a Cyber Insurance Policy

    June 29, 2016, Andrew Barratt, Managing Director, Europe

    According to research from PartnerRe and Advisen, the global cyber-insurance market is currently worth $2 billion a year, a number which is expected to double by 2020.With 60% of underwriters and brokers seeing a significant demand in cyber-insurance from customers, there is clearly  a great business opportunity for the insurance sector to offer cyber-insurance policies. However, unlike the standard model of developing a policy, cyber-insurance has a number of areas that policy providers need to first consider in order to see success.

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  • 2016 Cybersecurity Predictions

    December 10, 2015, Larry Jones, CEO

    The lessons learned from this past year teach us that no one is immune to cyber threats. The sooner corporate boards and executives come to understand that cybersecurity breaches are a very real and pervasive threat; then the hard work can begin to take preemptive measures and prepare an appropriate response and recovery strategy.

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  • Where is your social security number today?

    April 14, 2015, Leslie Kaniecki, CPA/CGMA

    As April 15 approaches, the “water cooler” talk revolves around all types of topics related to the tax season.  However, due to the overwhelming number of security breaches reported this past year, several individuals are finding that fraudulent tax filings were created with voluntarily provided personal information. You are able to prevent this.

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