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.


  • Top 10 Cybersecurity Predictions for 2015

    December 09, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    Fueled by cybercrime, cyber warfare, and cyber terrorism, the cost of cybersecurity and risk management will double in 2015. That’s the bad news. The good news is there will be a shift to cyber offense that will begin to stem the tide of cyber threats.

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  • Truth is SCARIER than Fiction Redux

    October 30, 2014, Mike Weber, Vice President, Coalfire Labs

    Yes... To be honest, although we really do some neat stuff here at Coalfire Labs that can be pretty scary, I’ve got to give a shout out to “reality” for being even scarier than any emulated attack we could possibly develop.  The astounding number of data breaches announced this year is just shocking, really.  It really felt like there was a new one every month.  As it turns out, there was!  Even more than that on average, as we’ve had at least 14 of them over a 10 month span.

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  • IT Security Horror Story: Slow Network, Big Phish

    October 29, 2014, Mark Manousogianis, Information Security Consultant, Coalfire Labs

    It was a typical morning, just like any other for Annie. She arrived at the office just in time to fill her coffee mug and get to her desk to read her email that had been piling up since Friday. After reading through the standard office wide emails she came across one from the help desk.

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  • Chertoff Group Security Series Educates Financial Services Institutions about Cybercrime

    September 15, 2014, Justin Orcutt, Regional Sales Manager

    Last week I attended The Chertoff Group’s Security Series on Building Resiliency for Financial Services Sector. They provided insight into what they’re doing to protect their organizations, how they see the industry evolving, and firsthand knowledge about emerging threats.

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  • Stop Hitting the Snooze Button

    September 08, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    In the aftermath of the most damaging retail breach in history, a CEO in the financial industry explained his company’s position on the issue:

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