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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.

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 every CIO should know about the new ISO 27001:2013 framework

    November 27, 2013, Karl Steinkamp, Director, PCI Product and Quality Assurance

    Originally released in 2005, the ISO 27001 standard has recently been updated with additional guidelines for assessing risks within information management systems. These changes constitute the first revisions to the standard in eight years and have major implications for organizational compliance. With greater focus on risk ownership and continuous improvement, ISO 27001:2013 will require companies to formulate new risk management processes that incorporate procedures to ensure compliance.  According to CSO magazine’s David Braue, these revisions in ISO 27001:2013 address the complex current security environment and incorporate necessary user feedback.

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  • The Ponemon Institute 2013 Cost of Cyber Crime Study is out

    November 26, 2013, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    Before anyone else conjures up the image of Steve Martin (in the Jerk) running down the street with the new phone book and declaring the obvious to all around him, let’s put this study in perspective.  There is nothing new or unexpected in the 2013 study.  We have had it confirmed that cybercrime is still a big issue and it costs all of us a lot of time and money to combat a growing list of criminals and terrorists.

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  • MAPCO Incident Highlights the Risks Faced by All Convenience Stores

    August 13, 2013, Chris Lietz, Vice President, Marketing & Channels

    On May 6, 2013, convenience store operator MAPCO Express, Inc. did a responsible thing – they issued a press release that shared important information about a data security incident that was discovered at their stores. Such notices ---along with a whole lot of behind-the-scenes investigative work – are standard operating procedure when incidents are discovered.

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  • PCI DSS 3.0 Is Coming Soon

    May 13, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    The PCI Security Standards Council (SSC) plans on releasing the newest version of the PCI Data Security Standard in October, 2013.  Predictably, the PCI SSC has been tight-lipped on divulging details regarding any expected changes.

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  • Compliance Talk: Debt Collectors and PCI

    May 06, 2013, Ken Ballard,

    As the largest IT audit and compliance advisor in the U.S., Coalfire is exposed to a wide variety of compliance concerns.  In this series of Compliance Talk blogs, Dirk and Ken are back at their favorite coffee shop…the Bean and Berry in Louisville, Colorado.   Over a couple cappuccinos, their discussion turned to some of the unique aspects, when it comes to data security, of debt collection companies.

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