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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.

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  • Emerging Payment Technologies and Due Diligence: A Warning about “Silver Bullets”

    February 09, 2015, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    2015 will be an exciting year for the payments industry, especially for merchants that now have a number of new payment technologies at their disposal.  Emerging payment technologies such as Point-to-Point-Encryption (P2PE), Tokenization, EMV/Chip and Signature and Mobile Payment Acceptance are hitting the market globally and all of them can help reduce the risk of cardholder data compromise as well as potentially impact the compliance posture of merchants that choose to adopt them.

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  • The PCI Enforcement Hammer is Ready to Drop

    October 31, 2014, Rick Dakin, CEO, Co-founder and Chief Security Strategist

    The time for nervous anticipation for PCI breach response is over …. VISA has issued dramatic PCI Data Security Standard Compliance enforcement guidance for Level 1 and 2 merchants and all Service Providers.  Effective January 1st, 2015, noncompliance costs will be applied sooner and will escalate quicker.  For many merchants and service providers looking for a reason to improve compliance just got one.  The cost for noncompliance will easily hit $250,000 for many small and mid-sized merchants and service providers.

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  • Apple Pay: A New Way to Pay

    September 09, 2014, Matt Getzelman, PCI Practice Director

    Every September, Apple announces exciting new products that promise to change how we interact with not only our devices, but with the world around us. 2014 has been no exception; in San Francisco this morning, Apple announced the iPhone 6, Apple Watch and Apple Pay. Even though I’m excited about the capabilities and features of the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch, I’ll leave those blog posts to the consumer phone experts.

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  • Keeping your restaurant & hospitality Cardholder Data Environment safe

    August 12, 2014, Marvin Sandoval, Sales Associate

    Reports of new credit card data breaches seem to be in the news daily.  Recent high profile breaches within major retailers this year should serve as a wake-up call to the restaurant and hospitality industries.  As a result of having high volumes of credit card transactions and decentralized security practices, criminal organizations have put the restaurant and hospitality industry squarely in their sights.  The track data used in U.S magnetic-Stripe cards are still among the most valuable commodities on the black market as it allows criminal organizations to clone cards and quickly exploit them for highest possible financial gain. 

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  • Emerging Threats and Going Beyond Compliance

    June 25, 2014, Kennet Westby, President and COO

    I recently presented to a C-level gathering of retail finance executives about the industry’s changing threat landscape and the emerging threats facing omni-channel sellers. The retail security environment has changed dramatically in the past few years. Not that long ago, retailers mostly worried about protecting payment card information and staying PCI compliant.

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