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.

  • 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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  • Information Governance: Get Data Classification Right First

    March 21, 2013, Dirk Anderson, Managing Director, Professional Services

    Data classification is one of the most crucial elements of an effective information governance process—yet it’s also one that many companies fail to implement well. In its simplest terms, data classification is the process of categorizing data based on its level of sensitivity. When done properly, the classification of data helps a company determine the most appropriate level of safeguards and controls that need to be in place.

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  • War on Passwords? Check with Your QSA First!

    March 14, 2013, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    Passwords have long been the workhorse of user authentication schemes, and many security experts are speaking out on the need for more effective controls. It seems like hardly a week goes by when we don’t see a password breach in the news.

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  • The FFIEC proposes guidance on social media - can you stay two steps ahead?

    March 06, 2013, Dirk Anderson, Managing Director, Professional Services

    On January 22, 2013, the FFIEC put out a press release called “Financial Regulators Propose Guidance on Social Media”.  We should begin by saying that even without a social media presence, every company should address social media risks in their annual risk assessment. In this day and age where the average person has a smartphone, laptop, and a tablet, everyone is aware of social media. But what exactly is social media?

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  • South Carolina Data Breach Survey Results on Residents' Attitudes

    January 15, 2013, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    Coalfire recently conducted a survey of South Carolina residents who were victims of the recent data breach at the Department of Revenue. The data breach affected residents of the State who had filed their taxes online exposing 3.8 million taxpayer Social Security numbers and nearly 400,000 credit and debit card numbers.

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