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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.


  • News and Updates from the PCI Europe Community Meeting

    November 06, 2017, Sam Pfanstiel, Solution Principal, PCI, Coalfire

    In September, Hurricane Irma forced the PCI SSC to cancel the North America Community Meeting; and the uncertainty of Catalonian independence from Spain may have led some to stay home from the Europe Community Meeting held in Barcelona last week. Nevertheless, the Coalfire team was well-represented in Barcelona. Because there were so many valuable updates, we offer this summary to keep you informed of these important developments in the world of PCI.

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  • Q&A from P2PE-NESA Webinar for Merchants

    June 05, 2017, Tim Winston, Principal, P2PE/Payment Processors

    The selection of a PCI-listed P2PE solution and determination of expected benefits can be challenging for even the most sophisticated merchants. The introduction of the NESA program can make decisions more difficult. To help guide merchants, Coalfire and FreedomPay held a webinar “P2PE & NESA for Merchants: How PCI P2PE and NESA Can Reduce Your Compliance Burden and Risk”.

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  • Accelerating Point-to-Point (P2PE) Adoption

    April 13, 2017, Avik Mukherjee, Senior IT Security Consultant, Coalfire

    How Coalfire is Helping Increase Access to PCI-listed P2PE Solutions - Use of a PCI-listed P2PE solution offers significant security and compliance benefits. However, merchants and service providers are still challenged to take full advantage of this opportunity. Coalfire has invested in solving the most significant obstacle to adoption of listed P2PE solutions.

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  • Reconciling Quarterly ASV and QSA Scanning Requirements

    February 02, 2017, Rebecca Larson, ScanDesk Director, Coalfire

    In the compliance realm, the term “quarterly” seems to be a sound and straight-forward term used to provide guidance and to aid entities in adhering to requirements. However, it’s meaning can vary based on its context in relation to dealing with various compliance requirements from your ASV and QSA. Here are some guidelines around what you can do to prevent getting snagged in the potential mire of abiding by quarterly scanning requirements.

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  • New PCI DSS Scoping Guidance Corroborates Coalfire’s Approach

    December 30, 2016, Shawn Shifflett, CISSP, QSA, Senior Practice Director, PCI

    On Friday, December 6th 2016, the PCI Security Standards Council released their formal information supplement titled, Guidance for PCI DSS Scoping and Network Segmentation. This particular information supplement has been eagerly anticipated in the PCI DSS industry for several years. The document seeks to address some of the numerous, and often extremely varying, interpretations of scoping and segmentation requirements across the QSA population. These scoping choices have immediate impact on near-term costs and attainment of compliance, but ultimately they significantly impact a company’s security posture. How does this affect Coalfire customers? The impact should be fairly limited if you have worked with Coalfire and accepted our recommendations to align with the information that we had from our involvement in the PCI Community.

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