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.


  • 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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  • 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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