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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.


  • 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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  • Getting Your Databases Audit Ready

    April 04, 2013, Rick Link, Managing Director

    Your database is perhaps one of the most sensitive targets for cybercriminals as they are your company’s primary repository for confidential and proprietary data. Besides knowing what vulnerabilities exist for your perimeter network and also for your internal systems, best practices require you to manage and protect your databases from unauthorized access, whether intentional or otherwise.

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